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The australopithecus is a stand-alone fossil that can be donated to the museum in New Horizons.

Donation to the museum

In New Horizons

Upon donation to the museum or selecting "Tell me more about this!", Blathers will say:

"The australopith, thought to be one of the links between humans and apes, emerged 4,000,000 years ago. They lived long ago, even before the ancestors of the modern humans, so there are profound differences... Even so, it seems to me that you can see the beginnings of greatness here!"

The australopithecus can be found in the third room of the fossil exhibit and shares a recent common ancestor with humans.


Further information

Mrs. Ples, an Australopithecus africanus specimen.

Main article: Australopithecus on Wikipedia

Australopithecus (/ˌɒstrələˈpɪθɪkəs, -loʊ-/ OS-trə-lə-PITH-i-kəs, -⁠loh-) from Latin australis, meaning 'southern', and Greek πίθηκος (pithekos), meaning 'ape'; singular: australopith) is a genus of hominins that existed in Africa from around 4.2 to 1.9 million years ago and from which the Homo genus, including modern humans, is considered to be descended. Australopithecus is a member of the subtribe Australopithecina, which includes Paranthropus, Kenyanthropus, Ardipithecus and Praeanthropus, though the term "australopithecine" is sometimes used to refer only to members of Australopithecus.

In other languages

Language Name
Japan Japanese アウストラロピテクス Ausutoraropitekusu
France French Australopithèque
Spain Spanish
Germany German Australopithecus
Italy Italian Australopiteco
The Netherlands Dutch Australopithecus
Russia Russian Австралопитек Avstralopitek
China Chinese 南方古猿 nánfānggǔyuán
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