Scientists to Publish Findings on World’s Oldest Hominid Skeleton

On Friday, a special edition of the journal Science will publish findings from an international group of paleontologists and geologists on our earliest human ancestor.

Discovered in Ethiopia’s Afar Rift in 1994, Ardipithecus ramidus lived some 4.4 million years ago.  

“Ardi,” as the skeleton has been nick-named, roamed Africa over one million years before the famous “Lucy” (Australopithecus afarensis) which was found in 1974, also in Ethiopia, and is said to “support beliefs that humans and chimpanzees evolved separately from a common ancestor.”

This is not that common ancestor,” says Tim White of UC-Berkeley, “but it’s the closest we have ever been able to come.”

The research was conducted by 47 scientists from 10 countries and will include 11 research papers.  Non-subscribers to Science are allowed free access if they’re willing to fill out a registration form.

If you’re interested in reading some of Greensboro Public Library’s recent books on human evolution, check out this previous post

You’ll also find information about human evolution in the library’s database Science Online, and you can likely find some interesting articles on the same topic in NCLive.


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