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An African fossil hominid of the former genus Plesianthropus, described from remains found in caves at Sterkfontein, near Johannesburg, South Africa, and now usually included in the species Australopithecus africanus.
1930s; earliest use found in Science. From scientific Latin Plesianthropus, genus name from plesio- + -anthropus.
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