Australopithecus afarensis

[ uh-fah-ren-sis ]
/ ə fɑˈrɛn sɪs /


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.
a fossil belonging to this species.


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Origin of Australopithecus afarensis

1978; < New Latin; after the Afar region of Ethiopia, where Lucy was found; see Afar, -ensis Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020