from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several extinct humanlike primates of the genus Australopithecus, known chiefly from Pleistocene fossil remains found in southern and eastern Africa.
- adj. Of, relating to, or characteristic of these extinct humanlike primates.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of several extinct hominid primates, of the genus Australopithecus, from the Pleistocene period.
- adj. Of or pertaining to these creatures
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. any of several extinct humanlike small-brained bipedal primates of the genus Australopithecus; they existed from 1 to 4 million years ago.
- adj. of or pertaining to the genus Australopithecus.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. of or belonging to the hominid genus Australopithecus
- n. any of several extinct humanlike bipedal primates with relatively small brains of the genus Australopithecus; from 1 to 4 million years ago
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…