One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A former genus name applied to some fossil hominids found in China in 1926.See Peking man
- ‘Breuil and Teilhard discovered that the Sinanthropus, or Pekin Man, of Chou-Kou-Tien, closely related to the Pithecanthropus of Java, was a Homo Faber, i.e. he used fire and stone tools.’
- ‘Peking Man was originally called Sinanthropus pekinsis, but this name has been discarded and Peking man is considered Homo erectus.’
- ‘There is no reason to believe that Boule and Vallois were comparing Sinanthropus to a monkey, rather than an ape.’
- ‘Why, he is the most irresponsible simian since Sinanthropus!’
- ‘We have used, for the representation of the skull of Homo erectus, the reconstruction of the Sinanthropus, which has been made many years ago by Weidenreich.’
Modern Latin, from Sino- ‘Chinese’ (because remains were found near Beijing) + Greek anthrōpos ‘man’.
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