Pithecanthropus

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Pithecanthropus a former genus name applied to some fossil hominids found in Java in 1891. Also called Java man. The term was originally coined as a name for a hypothetical creature bridging the gap in evolutionary development between apes and man, and came from Greek pithēkos ‘ape’ + anthropos ‘man’.

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Pithecanthropus See Homo.