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Temporal range: 4–2.2 Ma
Late PlioceneEarly Pleistocene
Australopithecus anamensis 5476.JPG
Fossil of P. anamensis
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Suborder: Haplorhini
Infraorder: Simiiformes
Family: Hominidae
Subfamily: Homininae
Tribe: Hominini
Subtribe: Australopithecina
Genus: Praeanthropus
Type species
Australopithecus afarensis
Dart, 1925

Praeanthropus is a genus used by some researchers[1][2] to include certain hominid species generally included in other genera by most researchers. The type species is Praeanthropus afarensis (=Australopithecus afarensis). The validity of Praeanthropus as a genus is debated, however.


  1. ^ Cela-Conde, C. J.; Ayala, F. J. (2003). "Genera of the human lineage". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 100 (13): 7684–7689. doi:10.1073/pnas.0832372100. PMC 164648. PMID 12794185.
  2. ^ Wiley Blackwell Student Dictionary of Human Evolution