Skip to comments.Scientists discover pre-human ancestor who lived 4.4 million years ago
Posted on 10/01/2009 3:57:48 PM PDT by JoeProBono
WASHINGTON -- Move over, Lucy. A 4-foot-tall female nicknamed Ardi, who lived 4.4 million years ago in Africa, has replaced you as the earliest best known ancestor of the human species.
Ardi's nearly complete skeleton is 1 million years older than Lucy's, pushing back the point when hominids - pre-human primates - are known to have split from the evolutionary line that led to chimpanzees and gorillas, an international team of scientists announced Thursday.
"Ardi is not a chimp. It's not a human. It's what we used to be," said paleontologist Tim White, an authority on human evolution at the University of California, Berkeley.
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“Ardi is not a chimp. It’s not a human. It’s what we used to be.”
Calling Captain Wishy Washy...someone might be trying to prove something that might be a point...or not.
They must have been trolling at democrat underground!
A university professor at Kent State University said today that apes, in many ways, evolved from humans, and not the other way round. Dr C. Owen Lovejoy, a biological anthropologist specializing in the study of human origins, said: "It has been a popular idea to think humans are modified chimpanzees. From studying Ardipithecus ramidus, or 'Ardi' we learn that we cannot understand or model human evolution from chimps and gorillas." Lovejoy reconstructed the skeleton of "Lucy" a fossil of a human ancestor over three million years old. But Ardi walked the planet a million years before "Lucy", said Lovejoy.
Ok - and no more pictures of Helen Thomas and Mohammad Barr :)
Gee, in the picture he doesn’t look at day over 4.2 million years old!
Don’t let that horn dog Bill C. see this pic. He may not control himself.
And, in the other corner, we have the Piltdown Man...
Looks like WNBA player.
Bet that thing could play some HOOPS.
A pretty has-been.
Re pic of Catherine ZJ, “You’ve come a long way, baby!”
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