australopithecus africanus

australopithecus africanus

Australopithecus africanus [af-ri-kah-nuh s, -kan-uh s] Word Origin noun

  1. an extinct species of gracile hominid, formerly known as Plesianthropus transvaalensis, that lived in southern Africa about three million years ago.
  2. a fossil belonging to this species.

Origin of Australopithecus africanus From New Latin, dating back to 1925; see origin at African Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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