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  • proper n. A taxonomic genus within the subfamily Homininae — a group of extinct bipedal hominids.

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  • n. former classification for Australopithecus robustus


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From Ancient Greek  (para, "beside") +  (anthropos, "human")


  • Whether the fossil belongs to the genus Australopithecus along with its smaller cousins, Australopithecus afarensis and A. africanus, or deserves to be part of a separate genus called Paranthropus along with other large hominid species like Paranthropus robustus has been the subject of debate.

    Zinj and the Leakeys

  • The names Australopithecus boisei and Australopithecus afarensis may refer to two so totally different taxa that the name Paranthropus is used by some for the former, while the latter is retained in a genus with A. africanus.

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  • Paranthropus robustus and suggested that the name Paranthropus eldurrelli be used for the Bigfoot of the Pacific Northwest.


  • Clarke talks about the use of the name Paranthropus and the generic separation it denotes as having "well-known and long-standing support."


  • It turns out that the early human known as Paranthropus boisei did not eat nuts but dined more heavily on grasses than any other human ancestor or human relative studied to date.

    Study: Ancient 'Nutcracker Man' really ate grass

  • From left to right we've got Homo erectus, Homo habilis, and Australopithecus -- now called Paranthropus boisei, the robust australopithecine.

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  • Prior to this discovery, they had unearthed several skulls, upper and lower jawbones, and other skeletal remains from the robust australopithecine Broom called Paranthropus crassidens—the creature that bore the most resemblance to Zinj.

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  • Orpheus and Eurydice), was quite different from other members of the species, known as Paranthropus robustus. "

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  • The big, flat molars, heavily buttressed skull, and large, powerful chewing muscles of Paranthropus boisei scream 'nut cracker,' and that is exactly what this species has been called for more than half a century, he said via email.

    Study: Ancient 'Nutcracker Man' really ate grass

  • The skull of Paranthropus was discovered by Mary and Louis Leakey in 1959 at Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania, and helped put the Leakeys on the world stage.

    Study: Ancient 'Nutcracker Man' really ate grass


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