Dictionary Definition

Pithecanthropus n : former genus of primitive apelike men now Homo erectus [syn: Pithecanthropus erectus, genus Pithecanthropus]

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Proper noun

"Java man"
  1. Former name of Homo erectus

Extensive Definition

Java Man is the name given to fossils discovered in 1891 at Trinil on the banks of the Bengawan Solo River in East Java, Indonesia, one of the first known specimens of Homo erectus. Its discoverer, Eugène Dubois, gave it the scientific name Pithecanthropus erectus, a name derived from Greek and Latin roots meaning upright ape-man.

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Pithecanthropus in Galician: Home de Xava
Pithecanthropus in Indonesian: Manusia Jawa
Pithecanthropus in Italian: Uomo di Giava
Pithecanthropus in Malay (macrolanguage): Manusia Jawa
Pithecanthropus in Japanese: ジャワ原人
Pithecanthropus in Portuguese: Homem de Java
Pithecanthropus in Russian: Питекантроп
Pithecanthropus in Serbian: Јавански човек
Pithecanthropus in Tamil: ஜாவா மனிதன்
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