One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Any of several extinct fossil hominids of the former genus or subgenus Africanthropus, known from Pleistocene fossil remains found in South and East Africa, and now regarded as various archaic forms of Homo sapiens.
1930s; earliest use found in Man: a monthly record of anthropological science. From scientific Latin Africanthropus, former genus name, originally coined as a subgenus of Homo from classical Latin Āfrica, the name of Africa + scientific Latin -anthropus.
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