[zin-jan-thruh-puh s, zin-jan-throh-]
- the genus to which Australopithecus boisei was formerly assigned.
Origin of Zinjanthropus
< New Latin (1959) < Arabic zinj East Africa + Greek ánthrōpos man
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- a type of australopithecine, Australopithecus boisei (formerly Zinjanthropus boisei), remains of which were discovered in the Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania in 1959
C20: New Latin, from Arabic Zinj East Africa + Greek anthrōpos man
- 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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