Ardipithecus

noun Ar·di·pi·the·cus \ ˌär-də-ˈpi-thə-kəs , -pə-ˈthē- \

Definition of Ardipithecus

:a genus of extinct early hominids known from skeletal remains from northeastern Ethiopia that includes two identified species (A. ramidus and A. kadabba) having a grasping big toe and capable of some form of upright walking
  • The Ardipithecus genus is a group that lived between 5.8 and 4.3 million years ago.
  • —Charles LockwoodThe Human Story2008
  • Originally placed in Australopithecus, Ardipithecus is a genus represented by an accumulating number of specimens from sites like Aramis in the Middle Awash region of Ethiopia.
  • —Holly M. DunsworthHuman Origins 1012007
sometimes used as a general name for hominids of this genus
  • Its wrists, elbows, feet, and hands suggest that Ardipithecus clambered about in trees by putting weight on the hands.
  • —Jon CohenAlmost Chimpanzee2010

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Origin and Etymology of ardipithecus

borrowed from New Latin, from Afar ard, ardi “earth, land, ground” (borrowed from Arabic arḍ) + New Latin -pithecus-pithecus


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