[ aw-strey-loh-pith-i-kuh s, -puh-thee-kuh s, aw-struh- ]
/ ɔˌstreɪ loʊˈpɪθ ɪ kəs, -pəˈθi kəs, ˌɔ strə- /
an extinct genus of small-brained,large-toothed bipedal hominids that lived in Africa between one and four million years ago.
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Culture 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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