Australopithecus afarensis [uh-fah-ren-sis] Word Origin noun
- 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.
- a fossil belonging to this species.
Compare. Origin of Australopithecus afarensis 1978; New Latin; after the Afar region of Ethiopia, where Lucy was found; see , Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019