Meaning of Australopithecus afarensis*

Australopith'ecus a•far•en'sis

Pronunciation: (u-fä-ren'sis), [key]
  1. an extinct species of early hominid whose fossil remains were discovered in Ethiopia and have been dated at between 3.5 and 4 million years of age.
  2. a fossil belonging to this species. Cf. Lucy. See illus. under
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