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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
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Hominidae, the mammalian family that includes modern humans and their immediately extinct ancestors, contains four genera: Ardipithecus, Australopithecus, Paranthropus, and Homo.’
- ‘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.’
Modern Latin, from Greek para- (expressing relationship) + anthrōpos ‘man’.
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