Pithecanthropus meaning

pĭthĭ-kănthrə-pəs, -kăn-thrōpəs
An extinct hominin known from fossil remains discovered in Java in 1891 and originally designated Pithecanthropus erectus because it was thought to represent a species evolutionarily intermediate between humans and nonhuman apes. Pithecanthropus is now classified as Homo erectus. It is sometimes referred to as Java man.
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An extinct hominid postulated from bones found in Java in 1891 and originally designated Pithecanthropus erectus because it was thought to represent a species evolutionarily between apes and humans. Pithecanthropus is now classified as Homo erectus.
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Origin of pithecanthropus

  • New Latin Pithēcanthrōpus former genus name Greek pithēkos ape Greek anthrōpos human being

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