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Australopithecus afarensis

[ aw-strey-loh-pith-i-kuhsuh-fah-ren-sis, -puh-thee-kuhs, aw-struh-loh- ]
/ ɔˌstreɪ loʊˈpɪθ ɪ kəs ə fɑˈrɛn sɪs, -pəˈθi kəs, ˌɔ strə loʊ- /
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noun

an extinct species of early hominin whose fossil remains were discovered in Ethiopia and have been dated at about 2.8–4 million years of age.
a fossil belonging to this species.

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Origin of Australopithecus afarensis

First recorded in 1975–80; from New Latin; Australopithecus + afarēnsis, after the Afar region of Ethiopia, where Lucy was found. See -ensis
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