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australopithecine, noun and adjective

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EnglishShow more Australopithecus + English noun- and adjective-forming suffix -ine.
A. noun , plural australopithecines, australopithecinae. A member of the genus Australopithecus, the family of southern man-apes.
1947 R. Broom in Pan-Afr. Congress on Prehist. 111In the near future we hope to get further specimens which will help us to decide whether the Australopithecines and man arose from a Proconsul-like group or from a still earlier and less anthropoid group.
1989 Reader’s Digest Illust. Hist. of S. Afr. 11Australopithecus africanus..lived between one and three million years ago...More discoveries followed, helping to fill the gaps between the australopithecines and modern man.
B. adjective Of or pertaining to a member of the genus Australopithecus.
1957 R.A. Dart in 3rd Pan Afr. Congress on Prehist. 164There are nearly 7 times as many baboon as australopithecine fragments and only 1 out of 376 bone fragments is australopithecine. However at least 45 baboon and 5 australopithecine creatures are represented in the remains recovered: 9 times as many baboons as australopithecines.
A member of the genus Australopithecus, the family of southern man-apes.
Of or pertaining to a member of the genus Australopithecus.

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