pithecanthropus definition

  • noun:
    • An extinct primate postulated from bones present in Java in 1891 and originally designated Pithecanthropus erectus because it was thought to represent a species evolutionarily between apes and humans. Pithecanthropus has become categorized as Homo erectus.
    • A hypothetical genus recommended by Haeckel to fill the gap between your anthropoid apes and man.
    • An extinct hominiform pet nearing the human being type much more closely than just about any associated with the anthropoid apes.
    • previous genus of ancient apelike males today Homo erectus

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