Definition of Sahelanthropus in US English:



  • An extinct hominid, Sahelanthropus tchadensis, known from late Miocene fossil remains found in northern Chad, and dated to about seven million years ago.


Early 21st century. From scientific Latin Sahelanthropus, genus name from Sahel, the name of a region in Africa immediately south of the Sahara Desert, including parts of central Chad, where the fossil was discovered in 2001 + scientific Latin -anthropus man, human.