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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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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.
Many scientists regard these creatures as ancestors of both the lineage that led to modern humans and of another, now-extinct evolutionary lineage known as robust australopithecines.
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.
In the human evolutionary family, the so-called robust australopithecines claim the dubious honor of possessing the weirdest-looking heads.
afarensis, 13 skulls from early Homo and the robust australopithecines (considered a separate hominid genus by some scientists), 19 australopithecines from several commonly accepted species, 18 H.
boisei belonged to a group of African hominids, referred to as robust australopithecines by some investigators, which first appeared about 2.
This cerebral radiator -- represented in fossils by grooves in cranial bones and openings for emissary veins -- expanded as brain size increased in gracile australopithecines and the Homo lineage, while small-brained Hadar hominids and robust australopithecines lacked the cooling network of veins.
5-million-year-old hominid species to which the famous Lucy belongs, and the robust australopithecines -- a hominid lineage that emerged around 2 million years ago and died out 1 million years later -- show a contrasting venous drainage pattern.
8 million years old, includes the first well-preserved collection of hand and foot bones belonging to the robust australopithecines.

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