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

  • n. An extinct primate postulated from bones found in Tanzania in 1959 and originally designated Zinjanthropus boisei by Louis S.B. Leakey. It was later shown to be an australopithecine and renamed Australopithecus boisei.


New Latin Zinjanthrōpus, former genus name : Arabic zinj, zanj, an African (probably from shortening of zanjabār, Zanzibar) + Greek anthrōpos, man.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


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  • See Nutcracker Man, the OED cryptically says. So I did:

    "Nutcracker Man n. (a nickname for) an East African fossil hominid, Australopithecus boisei, with massive jaws and powerful premolar teeth, which was the maker of the oldest stone tools known, esp. the specimen discovered by Mary Leakey at Olduvai, Tanzania, in 1959.
    Similar remains, including the characteristic large premolar teeth, have also been found in South Africa."

    September 15, 2008