[ sahy-nan-thruh-puh s, si-, sahy-nan-throh-puh s, sin-an- ]
/ saɪˈnæn θrə pəs, sɪ-, ˌsaɪ nænˈθroʊ pəs, ˌsɪn æn- /


the genus to which Peking man was formerly assigned.

Origin of Sinanthropus

< New Latin (1927), equivalent to Sin- Sino- + Greek ánthrōpos man Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for sinanthropus

/ (sɪnˈænθrəpəs) /


a primitive apelike man of the genus Sinanthropus, now considered a subspecies of Homo erectusSee also Java man, Peking man

Word Origin for sinanthropus

C20: from New Latin, from Late Latin Sīnae the Chinese + -anthropus, from Greek anthrōpos man
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Scientific definitions for sinanthropus

[ sī-nănthrə-pəs, sĭ-, sī′năn-thrōpəs, sĭn′ăn- ]

An extinct hominid postulated from bones found in China in the late 1920s and originally designated Sinanthropus pekinensis in the belief that it represented a species evolutionarily preceding humans. Sinanthropus is now classified as Homo erectus. Also called Peking man See more at Homo erectus.
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