in former classifications
: a genus of extinct Pleistocene hominids known from several skull fragments found near Lake Eyasi in Tanzania and now typically regarded as an early type of Homo sapiens

Word History


New Latin, from Africa + -anthropus (as in Pithecanthropus)

First Known Use

1938, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Africanthropus was in 1938

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“Africanthropus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

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