genus Paranthropus


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Related to genus Paranthropus: Australopithecus boisei
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Noun1.genus 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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These creatures, which are typically lumped into the genus Paranthropus, roamed the African landscape side by side with human ancestors for more than 1 million years--a sign that the two lineages were exploiting different resources, says Alan B.
robustus belongs to a line of hominid species -- placed within the genus Paranthropus by some investigators -- that died out about 1 million years ago.
Susman and some other investigators now place the robusts in the genus Paranthropus, or "near man," because there are indications that this line of creatures had distinct facial features and a unique pattern of dental development not observed in other australopithecines.