Paranthropus robustus

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Paranthropus robustus
Temporal range: Pliocene-Pleistocene
Original Skull of Paranthropus robustus at the Transvaal Museum
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Family: Hominidae
Subfamily: Homininae
Genus: Paranthropus
Species: P. robustus
Binomial name
Paranthropus robustus
Broom, 1938

Paranthropus robustus was originally discovered in Southern Africa in 1938. The development of P. robustus, namely in cranial features, seemed to be aimed in the direction of a "heavy-chewing complex". Because of the definitive traits that are associated with this robust line of australopithecine, anthropologist Robert Broom erected the genus Paranthropus and placed this species into it.