A genus name formerly used for the fossil remains known as Peking man.
An extinct hominid postulated from bones found in China in the late 1920s and originally designated Sinanthropus pekinensis in the belief that it represented a species evolutionarily preceding humans. Sinanthropus is now classified as Homo erectus.
Origin of sinanthropus
- New Latin Sīnanthrōpus former genus name Sino– Greek anthrōpos human being
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition