pithecanthropi

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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.
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