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Temporal range: Late Pliocene – Early Pleistocene
Australopithecus africanus as it appeared in Walking with Beasts
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Suborder: Haplorrhini
Family: Hominidae
Tribe: Hominini
Subtribe: Australopithecina
Genus: Australopithecus
R.A. Dart, 1925
Type species
Australopithecus africanus
R.A. Dart, 1925
Referred species

Australopithecus is a human relative from Pleistocene Africa.  It had an enlarged skull, a protruding forehead, had a social hierarchial authority, and was able to use tools.  It was one of the earliest humans (following Sahelanthropus).


In Popular Culture


Walking with Beasts Australopithecus