australopithecus australopithecus  /ɔ ˌstreɪ loʊ ˈpɪ θə kəs/

Definition(s):

  • (n) extinct genus of African hominid

News

  1. 3-Million-Year-Old 'Ape Man' May Beat 'Lucy' As Earliest Human Forefather

    New analysis of an early Australopithecus specimen discovered in South Africa puts the “Ape Man’s” age at roughly 800,000 years earlier than scientists previously thought.
    on March 18, 2014     Source: International Business Times

  2. Little Foot Is The Oldest Complete Australopithecus

    April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Thirteen years of meticulous excavation by South African and French scientists has shown that the nearly complete fossil skeleton of Australopithecus , nicknamed Little Foot, is most likely around 3 million years old. Professor Ron Clark from the University of Witwatersrand led the study, which refutes previous dating claims that suggest ...
    on March 17, 2014     Source: redOrbit

  3. New stratigraphic research makes Little Foot the oldest complete Australopithecus

    ( University of the Witwatersrand ) After 13 years of meticulous excavation of the nearly complete skeleton of the Australopithecus fossil named Little Foot, South African and French scientists have now convincingly shown that it is probably around 3 million years old.
    on March 14, 2014     Source: EurekAlert!

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  1. In it, Johanson said, "We have a very comprehensive understanding of the dating, diversity and relationships between the species of Australopithecus, but we know relatively little about the origins of our own genus. Thus, anything found that...
    on Jul 2, 2010 By: Donald Johanson Source: Arizona State University

  2. "If you lay out all specimens of Australopithecus africanus on one side of a table and specimens for Homo erectus on the other side, Australopithecus sediba serves as a nice morphological intermediate between those two," Churchill, associate...
    on Apr 13, 2010 By: Winston Churchill Source: Discovery News

  3. "It was a very strange decision to assign them to Australopithecus," Professor Groves said. "Except for its cranial capacity - and I have my doubts about the way they estimated that - all its characters are those of Homo."
    on Apr 8, 2010 By: Colin Groves Source: ABC Online

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