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Zinjanthropus Syllabification: Zin·jan·thro·pus
Pronunciation: /ˌzinˈjanTHrəpəs/ /ˌzinjanˈTHrō-/

Definition of Zinjanthropus in English:


A genus name sometimes applied to Australopithecus.
Example sentences
  • It belonged to the early hominid whom her husband Louis named Zinjanthropus - later Australopithecus - boisei.
  • In the first season, 1959, Mary Leakey found the skull of Zinjanthropus and the following season their son Jonathan discovered the first remains of Homo habilis.
  • That's because Leakey knew that his find wasn't what he'd hoped; Zinjanthropus would not be the proverbial ‘missing link.’


1950s: modern Latin, from Arabic Zinj, the early medieval name for East Africa, + Greek anthrōpos 'man'.

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