|pithecanthropus (ˌpɪθɪkænˈθrəʊpəs, -ˈkænθrə-)|
|—n , pl -pi|
|Java man See Peking man any primitive apelike man of the former genus Pithecanthropus, now included in the genus Homo|
|[C19: New Latin, from Greek pithēkos ape + anthrōpos man]|
|pithecanthropus (pĭth'ĭ-kān'thrə-pəs, -kān-thrō'pəs) Pronunciation Key
An extinct hominid postulated from bones found in Java in 1891 and originally designated Pithecanthropus erectus because it was thought to represent a species evolutionarily between apes and humans. Pithecanthropus is now classified as Homo erectus. Also called Java man. See more at Homo erectus.