[af-ri-kah-nuh s, -kan-uh s]
an extinct species of gracile hominid, formerly known as Plesianthropus transvaalensis, that lived in southern Africa about three million years ago.
a fossil belonging to this species.
Origin of Australopithecus africanus
From New Latin, dating back to 1925; see origin at African
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