Any member of a species of
the genus Australopithecus. Australopithecines
lived during the Pliocene and early Pleistocene
geological epochs in Africa (i.e., about 4.2–1.2 million years ago).
Australopithecines and humans are hominids.
One or more species of australopithecines probably were our ancestors.
| Australopithecus afarensis