australopithecine

Definitions of australopithecine
  1. noun
    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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    Lucy
    incomplete skeleton of female found in eastern Ethiopia in 1974
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    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
    Zinjanthropus, genus 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
    Paranthropus, genus Paranthropus
    former classification for Australopithecus robustus
    type of:
    hominid
    a primate of the family Hominidae
  2. adjective
    of or belonging to the hominid genus Australopithecus
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