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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