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Ardipithecus

[ ahr-di-pith-i-kuhs, ‐pi-thee-kuhs ]
/ ˌɑr dɪˈpɪθ ɪ kəs, ‐pɪˈθi kəs /
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noun

a genus of extinct hominine of the late Miocene and early Pliocene epochs, known from remains found in northeastern Ethiopia in the 1990s: its two named species are A. ramidus and A. kadabba.

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Origin of Ardipithecus

First recorded in 1990–95; from New Latin, from Afar ard, ardi “earth” (from Arabic ʔarḍ ) + Latin pithēcus “ape” (from Greek píthēkos )
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