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Australopithecus

Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A genus of extinct hominins known from Pliocene and early Pleistocene fossil remains found in Africa, characterized by relatively small brain size and evidence of bipedalism. Several species are known, including A. afarensis, dating from four to three million years ago, of which Lucy is the best-known specimen.

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  • proper noun A taxonomic genus within the subfamily Homininae — a group of extinct hominids related to humans.

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  • noun extinct genus of African hominid

Etymologies

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

[New Latin Austrālopithēcus, genus name : Latin austrālis, southern (because fossil remains of the genus were first found in South Africa); see austral + Greek pithēkos, ape (of unknown origin).]

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New Latin, from Latin australis ("southern") + Ancient Greek πίθηκος (pithekos, "ape")

Examples

  • But Mary was unswayed, saying only that she had never liked the term Australopithecus and thought it a poor choice for the Laetoli hominids.

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  • But Mary was unswayed, saying only that she had never liked the term Australopithecus and thought it a poor choice for the Laetoli hominids.

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  • Raymond Dart, then, gave the name Australopithecus to the Taung Child, the type specimen of the genus, and we have been stuck with this depressingly unimaginative name for our ancestor ever since.

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  • Raymond Dart, then, gave the name Australopithecus to the Taung Child, the type specimen of the genus, and we have been stuck with this depressingly unimaginative name for our ancestor ever since.

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  • But scientific nomenclature cannot just be wished away, and Mary was fated to hear the name Australopithecus afarensis for many years to come.

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  • Some prefer the designation Australopithecus robustus, while others insist that Paranthropus robustus remains a valid genus.

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  • Some prefer the designation Australopithecus robustus, while others insist that Paranthropus robustus remains a valid genus.

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  • A month later, in February 1978, Mary met White at Berkeley where she reiterated her concerns: essentially, she was unhappy with the appellation Australopithecus and did not want to be associated with their naming venture if that was the term they chose.

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  • A month later, in February 1978, Mary met White at Berkeley where she reiterated her concerns: essentially, she was unhappy with the appellation Australopithecus and did not want to be associated with their naming venture if that was the term they chose.

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  • Whether or not Johanson and White consciously set out to create a species that would challenge Mary, they both knew as soon as they put the tag Australopithecus on the Laetoli hominids that Mary would be unhappy.

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