[ aw-strey-loh-pith-i-kuhs, -puh-thee-kuhs, aw-struh-loh- ]
/ ɔˌstreɪ loʊˈpɪθ ɪ kəs, -pəˈθi kəs, ˌɔ strə loʊ- /
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an extinct genus of small-brained, large-toothed bipedal hominins that lived in Africa between one and four million years ago: the genus Homo, to which modern humans belong, is believed to have evolved from this genus or to have shared a common ancestor.
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Words nearby Australopithecus
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How to use Australopithecus in a sentence
In the early 1960s, the Leakeys’ team recovered fossils of a hominin that lived at roughly the same time as Zinjanthropus but had smaller, more humanlike teeth and a brain notably bigger than that of both Zinjanthropus and Australopithecus.Fossils and ancient DNA paint a vibrant picture of human origins|Erin Wayman|September 15, 2021|Science News
Cultural definitions for Australopithecus
[ (aw-stray-loh-pith-i-kuhs, aw-stray-loh-pi-thee-kuhs) ]
notes for Australopithecus
Members of this genus were the ancestors of modern humans. One of the best-known fossils, Lucy, was a member of this genus.
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