australopithecus afarensis


australopithecus afarensis

Australopithecus afarensis [uh-fah-ren-sis] Word Origin noun

  1. an extinct species of early hominid whose fossil remains were discovered in Ethiopia and have been dated at between 3.5 and 4 million years of age.
  2. a fossil belonging to this species.

Compare Lucy. Origin of Australopithecus afarensis 1978; New Latin; after the Afar region of Ethiopia, where Lucy was found; see Afar, -ensis Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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