One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A genus name sometimes applied to the early hominid known as Nutcracker man.See Nutcracker man
- ‘Many years ago, its promotion of Zinjanthropus boisei as an ‘ape-man’ and even the ‘missing link’ had a great effect on the young Carl Wieland.’
- ‘It belonged to the early hominid whom her husband Louis named Zinjanthropus - later Australopithecus - boisei.’
- ‘It began with Zinjanthropus (a million seven hundred and fifty thousand years ago) and will end only with humanity - or perhaps the mutants who succeed us will take up the cause.’
- ‘In the first season, 1959, Mary Leakey found the skull of Zinjanthropus and the following season their son Jonathan discovered the first remains of Homo habilis.’
- ‘That's because Leakey knew that his find wasn't what he'd hoped; Zinjanthropus would not be the proverbial ‘missing link.’’
1950s: modern Latin, from Arabic Zinj, the early medieval name for East Africa, + Greek anthrōpos ‘man’.
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