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Zinjanthropus

[ zin-jan-thruh-puhs, zin-jan-throh- ]
/ zɪnˈdʒæn θrə pəs, ˌzɪn dʒænˈθroʊ- /
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noun
a genus to which Paranthropus boisei was formerly assigned.
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Origin of Zinjanthropus

First recorded in 1955–60; from New Latin, from Arabic zinj, an area in East Africa + Greek ánthrōpos “human being, man”

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British Dictionary definitions for Zinjanthropus

zinjanthropus
/ (zɪnˈdʒænθrəpəs) /

noun
a type of australopithecine, Australopithecus boisei (formerly Zinjanthropus boisei), remains of which were discovered in the Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania in 1959

Word Origin for zinjanthropus

C20: New Latin, from Arabic Zinj East Africa + Greek anthrōpos man
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Scientific definitions for Zinjanthropus

zinjanthropus
[ zĭn-jănthrə-pəs, zĭn′jăn-thrō- ]

An extinct hominid postulated from bones found in Tanzania in 1959 and originally designated Zinjanthropus boisei by Louis S.B. Leakey. It was later shown to be an australopithecine and renamed Australopithecus boisei.
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