australopithecine


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aus·tra·lo·pith·e·cine

 (ô-strā′lō-pĭth′ĭ-sēn′, -sīn′, ô′strə-lə-)
n.
An australopith.

[New Latin Austrālopithēcus, genus name, -ine.]

australopithecine

(ˌɒstrələʊˈpɪθɪˌsiːn)
n
1. (Anthropology & Ethnology) any of various extinct apelike primates of the genus Australopithecus and related genera, remains of which have been discovered in southern and E Africa. Some species are estimated to be over 4.5 million years old. See also zinjanthropus
2. (Zoology) any of various extinct apelike primates of the genus Australopithecus and related genera, remains of which have been discovered in southern and E Africa. Some species are estimated to be over 4.5 million years old. See also zinjanthropus
adj
3. (Anthropology & Ethnology) of or relating to any of these primates
4. (Zoology) of or relating to any of these primates
[C20: from New Latin Australopithecus, from Latin austrālis southern, austral1 + Greek pithēkos ape]

aus•tra•lo•pith•e•cine

(ɔˌstreɪ loʊˈpɪθ əˌsin, -ˌsaɪn, -pəˈθi sɪn, -ˌsaɪn, ˌɔ strə-)

n.
1. (sometimes cap.) a member of the genus Australopithecus.
adj.
2. of, pertaining to, or resembling the genus Australopithecus or its members.
[1935–40]

aus·tra·lo·pith·e·cine

(ô-strā′lō-pĭth′ĭ-sēn′)
Any of several early hominids of eastern and southern Africa, known from fossils dating from about four million to about one million years ago. The most complete australopithecine skeleton found so far, named Lucy by its discoverers, is estimated to be just over three million years old. While many scientists believe that australopithecines are ancestors of modern humans, not enough fossils have yet been found to establish any direct descent.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.australopithecine - any of several extinct humanlike bipedal primates with relatively small brains of the genus Australopithecusaustralopithecine - any of several extinct humanlike bipedal primates with relatively small brains of the genus Australopithecus; from 1 to 4 million years ago
hominid - a primate of the family Hominidae
Australopithecus, genus Australopithecus - extinct genus of African hominid
Australopithecus afarensis - fossils found in Ethiopia; from 3.5 to 4 million years ago
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
genus Zinjanthropus, Zinjanthropus - genus to which Australopithecus boisei was formerly assigned
Australopithecus robustus - large-toothed hominid of southern Africa; from 1.5 to 2 million years ago; formerly Paranthropus
genus Paranthropus, Paranthropus - former classification for Australopithecus robustus
Adj.1.australopithecine - of or belonging to the hominid genus Australopithecusaustralopithecine - of or belonging to the hominid genus Australopithecus
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Prof Haile-Selassie says the specimen is the best example yet of the ape-like human ancestor called Australopithecus anamensis - the oldest known australopithecine whose kind may have existed as far back as 4.2 million years ago.
Besides, the archaeological team that discovered Ubag reserved the right to name it, as did Johanson and Gray who named the young australopithecine girl found in Ethiopia "Lucy." A 2016 online article "Hominin Taxonomy and Phylogeny: What's In A Name?" in Nature Magazine may give more info to those interested.
The contribution of Namib Desert Hottentots to an understanding of australopithecine bone accumulations.
That once helped our australopithecine ancestors to live again another day (fight-or-flight scenarios leave no room for in-depth analysis), but it cranked up a massive set of hyperemotional and often desperately wrongheaded responses to our social environment, for example, hatred, bias, misunderstandings.
[1] Thomas, G., 1986.Estimation of australopithecine stature from long bones.
Most published estimates suggest that such ~40 kg australopithecine ancestors ~3 Mya would have consumed ~2000kcal of food per day, granting each of them [[PHI].sub.m] = 22,000 erg/s/g.
These bones have great antiquity, having been observed by Dart (1948) in the Australopithecine cranial fragments from Makapansgat (3).
Fifty-six percent of the Australopithecine bodies from the Pleistocene
He became Professor and Head of Anatomy and Human Biology at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) at the age of 34, succeeding Professor Raymond Dart, who had discovered the first known australopithecine. The combination of acquiring empirical knowledge and developing observational and analytical skills for application to structures and their functional relationships, led to the production of a textbook of anatomy that was used avidly by many generations of medical students.
Wounded Australopithecine bones thought to show war injuries actually show the tooth marks of leopards.
The first adult australopithecine was found in Sterkfontein in 1936.