Pronunciation: (af"ri-kä'nus, -kan'us), [key]
1. an extinct species of gracile hominid, formerly known as Plesianthropus transvaalensis, that lived in southern Africa about three million years ago.
2. a fossil belonging to this species. See illus. under hominid.
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