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Why is Australopithecus not classified within the Genus Homo?

-They are too primitive. The arms were relatively long, and the finger bones were long and curved. The cranial capacity is apelike, like a modern chimpanzee. The jaw juts out and it snout like.

-What we do share is bipedalism. They only have one of the four criteria we use to define human.

-Homo Habilis, the first representative of the genus Homo adds tool manufacture to the definition of human and is thus the first representative of our genus.