[ aw-strey-loh-pith-i-kuhs an-uh-men-sis, -puh-thee-kuhs, aw-struh-loh- ]
/ ɔˌstreɪ loʊˈpɪθ ɪ kəs ˌæn əˈmɛn sɪs, -pəˈθi kəs, ˌɔ strə loʊ- /
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an extinct species of early hominin whose fossil remains were discovered in Kenya in 1965 and more extensively in 1994, dated at about 3.9–4.2 million years of age, believed by some scientists to be older, less evolved members of the species Australopithecus afarensis: evidence suggests A. anamensis possessed both human and ape traits, notably humanlike ankles for bipedal walking and apelike forearms and wrists for climbing trees.
a fossil belonging to this species.
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Let’s start with some etymology: What are the origins of the typographical word “bracket”?
First appeared around 1750, and is related to the French word “braguette” for the name of codpiece armor.
First appeared in 1610, based on the French word “baguette” for the long loaf of bread.
First appeared in 1555, and is related to the French word “raquette” for a netted bat.TAKE THE QUIZ TO FIND OUT
Origin of Australopithecus anamensis
Australopithecus + New Latin anamēnsis, from Turkana anam “lake” + -ensis; coined in 1995 by British paleoanthropologist Meave Leakey (born 1942) and her associates. Leakey noted the differences between Australopithecus afarensis and the new finds and assigned them to a new species; see origin at -ensis
Words nearby Australopithecus anamensis
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