Probably everyone who has ever studied anthropology has learned to hate the word "australopithecine" after writing it a few dozen times. If only Raymond Dart had chosen a shorter name! One rumour has it that the name was in honour of his native country, Australia, but according to John Reader's book Missing Links, Dart "always expresses the utmost surprise should anyone suggest that he chose the name to reflect his own origins".
This page is part of the Fossil Hominids FAQ at the talk.origins Archive.
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