Definition of Paranthropus in English:

Paranthropus

noun

  • A genus name often applied to robust fossil hominids first found in South Africa in 1938.

    Australopithecus robustus and A. or 'Zinjanthropus' boisei, family Hominidae. See Australopithecus

    • ‘Hominidae, the mammalian family that includes modern humans and their immediately extinct ancestors, contains four genera: Ardipithecus, Australopithecus, Paranthropus, and Homo.’
    • ‘Falk's team looked not only at five Homo erectus skulls, but skulls of earlier hominids from Africa, such as Australopithecus africanus and Paranthropus aethiopicus.’
    • ‘Estimated at 1.5 to 2 million years old, the Drimolen fossils are mostly teeth that belonged to Paranthropus robustus australopithecines.’
    • ‘The semicircular canal dimensions in crania from southern Africa attributed to Australopithecus and Paranthropus resemble those of the extant great apes.’
    • ‘A big-jawed and relatively small-brained hominid known as Paranthropus consumed mainly nuts and other hard foods, causing it to die out as these resources became scarce in African habitats.’

Origin

Modern Latin, from Greek para- (expressing relationship) + anthrōpos ‘man’.

Pronunciation

Paranthropus

/pəˈranθrəpəs/