“Ardi” Is a Landmark in Understanding of Origins

The wealth of information from finding Ardipithecus ramidus (a million years older than the famous fossil “Lucy”) gives us “new insights into the roots of hominid evolution and into what makes humans unique among primates,” says Brooks Hanson, deputy editor for physical sciences at the journal Science, which published a special collection of articles on the species.
To see how “Ardi” gets us closer to the last common ancestor shared by humans and chimpanzees, check out this neat graphic of our human lineage:

Illustration by J.H. MATTERNES; Graphic by The Washington Post

Category: Evolution


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  1. Mike Licht says:

    Ardi’s robust thumb musculature and flexible midcarpal (wrist) joint are perfect for text-messaging.



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