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An extinct hominin postulated from a skull found in Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania, in 1959 and originally designated Zinjanthropus boisei by Louis S.B. Leakey. It was later renamed Paranthropus boisei.
[New Latin Zinjanthrōpus, former genus name : Arabic zinj, zanj, the peoples of East Africa, black Africans + Greek anthrōpos, human being.]
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(Palaeontology) a type of australopithecine, Australopithecus boisei (formerly Zinjanthropus boisei), remains of which were discovered in the Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania in 1959
[C20: New Latin, from Arabic Zinj East Africa + Greek anthrōpos man]
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|Noun||1.||Zinjanthropus - genus to which Australopithecus boisei was formerly assigned|
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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