australopithecine

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Etymology[edit]

From New Latin Australopithecus +‎ -ine.

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌɒstɹələ(ʊ)ˈpɪθɪsiːn/

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australopithecine (plural australopithecines)

  1. (anthropology, paleonotology) Any of several extinct hominid primates, of the genus Australopithecus, from the Pleistocene period. [from 20th c.]
    • 2003, Bill Bryson, A Short History of Nearly Everything, BCA 2003, p. 391:
      Australopithecines came in several varieties, some slender and gracile, like Raymond Dart's Taung child, others more sturdy and robust, but all were capable of walking upright.
    • 2011, Chris Stringer, The Origin of Our Species, Penguin 2012, p. 151:
      Caspari and Lee carried out comparisons ranging from ancient hominins such as australopithecines through to Neanderthals and Cro-Magnons, assessing the ratios of young adults to old adults.

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australopithecine (comparative more australopithecine, superlative most australopithecine)

  1. (archaeology, anthropology, paleonotology) Of or pertaining to these creatures

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