Australopithecus


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Aus·tra·lo·pith·e·cus

 (ôs′trə-lō-pĭth′ĭ-kəs, ô-strā′lō-)
n.
A genus of extinct hominins known from Pliocene and early Pleistocene fossil remains found in Africa, characterized by relatively small brain size and evidence of bipedalism. Several species are known, including A. afarensis, dating from four to three million years ago, of which Lucy is the best-known specimen.

[New Latin Austrālopithēcus, genus name : Latin austrālis, southern (because fossil remains of the genus were first found in South Africa); see austral + Greek pithēkos, ape (of unknown origin).]

Aus•tra•lo•pith•e•cus

(ɔˌstreɪ loʊˈpɪθ ɪ kəs, -pəˈθi kəs, ˌɔ strə-)

n.
a genus of small-brained, large-toothed bipedal hominids that lived in Africa between one and four million years ago.
[< New Latin (1905) =austral(is) austral1 + -o- -o- + pithēcus < Greek píthēkos ape]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Australopithecus - extinct genus of African hominidAustralopithecus - extinct genus of African hominid  
mammal genus - a genus of mammals
family Hominidae, Hominidae - modern man and extinct immediate ancestors of man
australopithecine - any of several extinct humanlike bipedal primates with relatively small brains of the genus Australopithecus; from 1 to 4 million years ago
Australopithecus afarensis - fossils found in Ethiopia; from 3.5 to 4 million years ago
Lucy - incomplete skeleton of female found in eastern Ethiopia in 1974
Australopithecus africanus - gracile hominid of southern Africa; from about 3 million years ago
Australopithecus boisei - large-toothed hominid of eastern Africa; from 1 to 2 million years ago
Australopithecus robustus - large-toothed hominid of southern Africa; from 1.5 to 2 million years ago; formerly Paranthropus
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The University of the Witwatersrand displayed the virtually complete Australopithecus fossil on Wednesday.
Using CT scan technology, they say Lucy, who was of the Australopithecus afarensis species, likely plunged to her death from a height of 40 feet, suffering fractures from her ankles to her jaw.
The size of ancient fossil skull holes show how blood flow have increased from three million-year-old Australopithecus to modern humans," said Edward Snelling, researcher at the University of the Witwatersrand, in South Africa.
Australopithecus was one of the first such ape species, which gradually evolved into Homo erectus.
naledi based on an unexpected mix of humanlike features and traits typical of Australopithecus species from more than 3 million years ago.
While I was an undergraduate anthropology student as at Miami University, exciting word came out of discoveries of Australopithecus fossils in East Africa.
Little Foot , discovered in the Sterkfontein caves in 1997, is the most complete Australopithecus skeleton ever found.
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5 millones de anos, al que cientificamente se le considero perteneciente a la especie Australopithecus afarensis.
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