from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun An australopith.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- adjective of or pertaining to the genus
- noun any of several extinct humanlike small-brained bipedal primates of the genus Australopithecus; they existed from 1 to 4 million years ago.
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- noun taxonomy, archaeology, anthropology, paleonotology Any of several
extinct hominid primates, of the genus Australopithecus, from the Pleistoceneperiod.
- adjective taxonomy, archaeology, anthropology, paleonotology Of or pertaining to these creatures
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- adjective of or belonging to the hominid genus Australopithecus
- noun any of several extinct humanlike bipedal primates with relatively small brains of the genus Australopithecus; from 1 to 4 million years ago
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
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4 Today both the canine and molar are classified as australopithecine.
Homo, only the small cranial capacity being really an "australopithecine" feature.
"The new 'australopithecine' is actually a new species of
Homo, only the small cranial capacity being really an "australopithecine" feature, "he commented.
Working with Sang-Hee Lee of the University of California, Caspari studied collections of fossils from different periods of human evolution, including early australopithecine apemen, Neanderthals and the first Homo sapiens to reach Europe.
However, the authors argued that the overall body plan was australopithecine, and hence put it in that genus.
After referring to a quote by Berger that the small brain size of sediba an australopithecine feature is similar to that of the Flores Hobbit, AIG says that:
For you to assert that, then you would be ignoring the pioneering work of Raymond Dart who found the first australopithecine fossil in South Africa, the Leakeys and quite a few others:
When I was in college, we had been taught that this long-dead australopithecine child must have been killed by an ancient leopard.
Well, except for Australopithecus africanus, which just happens to be the australopithecine that is the closest relative of Homo…