[ sahy-nan-thruh-puhs, si-, sahy-nan-throh-puhs, sin-an- ]
/ saɪˈnæn θrə pəs, sɪ-, ˌsaɪ nænˈθroʊ pəs, ˌsɪn æn- /
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the genus to which Peking man was formerly assigned.
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Origin of Sinanthropus

From New Latin (1927), equivalent to Sin- “Chinese” + Greek ánthrōpos “man”; see origin at Sino-

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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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