Definition of Ardipithecus in English:

Ardipithecus

noun

  • Either of two extinct hominids of the genus Ardipithecus, known from late Miocene and early Pliocene fossil remains found in the Afar region of Ethiopia, and dated to about 4.4 and 5.6 million years ago respectively.

Origin

1990s. From scientific Latin Ardipithecus, genus name from Afar ardi, variant of ard earth, ground, floor (from Arabic ˀarḍ) + scientific Latin -pithecus (fossil) ape, after scientific Latin Australopithecus.

Pronunciation

Ardipithecus

/ˌɑːdɪˈpɪθɪkəs/