Definition of Zinjanthropus in English:

Zinjanthropus

Line breaks: Zin|jan|thro|pus
Pronunciation: /zɪnˈdʒanθrəpəs
 
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noun

A genus name sometimes applied to Nutcracker man.
More 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.’

Origin

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

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