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pithecanthropus

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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An extinct primate 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A hypothetical genus proposed by Haeckel to fill the gap between the anthropoid apes and man.
  • n. An extinct hominiform animal approaching the human type more closely than any of the anthropoid apes.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. former genus of primitive apelike men now Homo erectus

Etymologies

New Latin Pithēcanthrōpus, genus name : Greek pithēkos, ape + Greek anthrōpos, man.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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