[ tuh-lan-thruh-puh s, tel-an-throh-puh s ]
/ təˈlæn θrə pəs, ˌtɛl ænˈθroʊ pəs /


a genus of fossil hominids, known from two fragmentary lower jaws found in the region of Swartkrans, near Johannesburg, South Africa.

Origin of Telanthropus

From New Latin, dating back to 1890–95; see origin at tel-2, anthropo- Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019