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A genus of extinct hominins known from fossil remains found in eastern and southern Africa dating from 2.8 to 1.4 million years ago, characterized by very large molars and a large sagittal crest in the male. Several species in this genus were first classified in the genus Australopithecus.

[New Latin Paranthrōpus, genus name : Greek para-, para- + Greek anthrōpos, human being.]


(Palaeontology) palaeontol any of a genus of extinct bipedal hominins, thought to have descended from Australopithecus
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Noun1.Paranthropus - former classification for Australopithecus robustus
australopithecine - any of several extinct humanlike bipedal primates with relatively small brains of the genus Australopithecus; from 1 to 4 million years ago
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afarensis, in a roughly 2-million-year-old robust australopithecine species known as Australopithecus robustus, and in modern gorillas, the researchers report in an upcoming Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
The numerous bones of grass-grazing antelopes found deposited with robust australopithecine remains support this conclusion, the Yale paleontologist asserts.
another investigator took the first extensive measurements of robust australopithecine skulls and found that -- in spite of the name -- much of the skull above the jaw is relatively thin and fragile.
Notes Holly Smith, "The new CT study is quite important, but it clearly shows that Taung would not have grown up to be a robust australopithecine.
For example, one chimp had nasal bones resembling those of a recently discovered robust australopithecine even though the two specimens share no other cranial features.
Two robust australopithecine species, members of a group that split from the human lineage and eventually became extinct, share a unique tooth eruption pattern "that is only superficially human-like,' says Smith.
Lucy's larger colors at Hadar were, inOlson's view, the most primitive members of the robust australopithecine lineage, which he prefers to call Paranthropus.
They lived alongside robust australopithecines like Paranthropus, which would coexist with various species of Homo for the next million years.
A group of species called robust australopithecines, which died out 1.
About two million years ago there appears to have been a diversification of forms among the slender australopithecines, which are probably related to the first forms of the genus Homo, on the one hand, and the robust australopithecines, on the other.
The eating habits of ancient hominids known as robust australopithecines have been a matter of debate for decades.
She's already proposed that the unusual tooth proportions of robust australopithecines prompted the formation of many other of their distinctive skull features (SN: 4/24/99, p.

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