Congratulations, Tim White

TIME has named paleoanthropologist Tim White, who led the team that discovered the 4.4 million-year-old skeleton known as “Ardi,” to its annual “most influential” list.
Back in October, we asked White how important it is that we find the last common ancestor of chimps and humans, and he told us:

The more important questions for most people involve WHETHER we evolved, and HOW we evolved since we diverged from the lines that led to the extant apes. Anatomy of living forms, fossils, and genetics all independently answer the first question the same way: Yes. And fossils and genetics are also combining to reveal HOW we evolved, although there is a good deal more evidence that will reveal even more. That’s why we go to the field every year to gather more evidence and gain more knowledge. And it’s why we search in rocks of many ages, not just those older than 6 million years.

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