Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

Australopithecus afarensis

[uh-fah-ren-sis]
noun
  1. an extinct species of early hominid whose fossil remains were discovered in Ethiopia and have been dated at between 3.5 and 4 million years of age.
  2. a fossil belonging to this species.
Show More
Compare Lucy.

Origin of Australopithecus afarensis

1978; < New Latin; after the Afar region of Ethiopia, where Lucy was found; see Afar, -ensis
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018