Pithecanthropus


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Pithecanthropus

(pĭth′ĭ-kăn′thrə-pəs, -kăn-thrō′pəs)
n.
An extinct hominin known from fossil remains discovered in Java in 1891 and originally designated Pithecanthropus erectus because it was thought to represent a species evolutionarily intermediate between humans and nonhuman apes. Pithecanthropus is now classified as Homo erectus. It is sometimes referred to as Java man.

pith′e·can·throp′ic (-kən-thrŏp′ĭk) adj.
pith′e·can′thro·pine (-kăn′thrə-pīn′) adj.

Pithecanthropus

an early type of genus of man from the PLIOCENE EPOCH. It possessed a larger cranial capacity than apes and probably walked erect. see HEIDELBERG MAN.
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1 The humans of southeast Asia The history of humans in southeast Asia is very long, as was shown by the late 19th century Dutch physician Eugene Dubois' search for the missing link between modern human beings and apes; he in fact found remains almost a million years old, which he placed in the genus Pithecanthropus, although they were later assigned to the species Homo erectus.
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When Du Bois discovered Java-man in the 1890s, he adopted Haeckel's generic name but he gave it the new specific designation Pithecanthropus erectus.
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