- a former genus of extinct hominids whose members have now been assigned to the proposed species Homo erectus.
Origin of Pithecanthropus
Examples from the Web for pithecanthropus
Nevertheless, even in Pithecanthropus, the brute is passing into the man.Progress and History
The famous Eppelsheim femur is straighter than, and as slender as that of Pithecanthropus.
The remains of Pithecanthropus were recovered from an alluvial deposit at Trinil.
Maybe Pithecanthropus had a monkey uncle, but no Pithecanthropus ever went monkey.This World Is Taboo
Pithecanthropus (of Java) branched off as a distinct genus about the middle of the Miocene.The Origin of Man and of his Superstitions
Word Origin and History for pithecanthropus
genus of extinct primates, 1895, from Modern Latin, literally "monkey-man," from Greek pithekos "ape" + anthropos "man" (see anthropo-). Coined 1868 by Haeckel as a name for a hypothetical link between apes and men (attested in English in this sense from 1876); applied by Dr. Eugène Dubois (1858-1940), physician of the Dutch army in Java, to remains he found there in 1891.
- An extinct hominid postulated from bones found in Java in 1891 and originally designated Pithecanthropus erectus because it was thought to represent a species evolutionarily between apes and humans. Pithecanthropus is now classified as Homo erectus. Also called Java man See more at Homo erectus.