[ tuh-lan-thruh-puhs, tel-an-throh-puhs ]

  1. a former genus of fossil hominins, known from two fragmentary lower jaws found in the region of Swartkrans, near Johannesburg, South Africa, during 1949–1950, and now considered a specimen of the proposed species Homo erectus.

Origin of Telanthropus

First recorded in 1945–50; from New Latin; tel(e)-2 + Greek ánthrōpos “human being, man”

Words Nearby Telanthropus Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023