Paranthropus robustus

[ puh-ran-thruh-puhs roh-buhs-tuhs, par-uhn-throh-puhs ]
/ pəˈræn θrə pəs roʊˈbʌs təs, ˌpær ənˈθroʊ pəs /


an extinct species of large-toothed bipedal hominin, formerly named Australopithecus robustus, that lived in southern Africa about 1.5–2 million years ago.
a fossil belonging to this species.

Origin of Paranthropus robustus

First recorded in 1935–40; from New Latin; Paranthropus + Latin rōbustus “oaken, hard, firm, strong”; see origin at robust Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020