Australopithecine meaning

ô-strālō-pĭthĭ-sēn, -sīn, ôstrə-lə-
An australopith.
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Of or relating to a genus (Australopithecus) of extinct hominids from E and S Africa that walked upright.
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An australopithecine hominid.
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Any of several early hominids of the genus Australopithecus of eastern and southern Africa, known from fossils dating from about 4 million to about 1 million years ago. The most complete australopithecine skeleton found so far, named Lucy by its discoverers, is estimated to be just over 3 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.
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(archaeology, anthropology, paleonotology) Any of several extinct anthropoid apes of the genera Australopithecus and Paranthropus.
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(archaeology, anthropology, paleonotology) Of or pertaining to these animals or their fossils.
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Origin of australopithecine

  • New Latin Austrālopithēcus genus name –ine

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition