Thursday, October 1, 2009

New info on the early hominin: Ardipithecus

Ardipithecus remains go back as far as 5.8 million years ago to as young as 4.4 million years ago. On Friday, Science magazine will present 11 papers detailing what we now know about this ancient late Miocene/early Pliocene hominin. It appears to have walked bipedal but with a highly divergent big toe. The only creature that I know of that also walked bipedally in this fashion was the late Miocene hominoid, Oreopithecus bambolii.

Read the latest info and watch a fascinating video on Ardipithecus at:

http://sciencenow.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/2009/1001/1



Credits: Illustration by J.H. Matternes

3 comments:

Jason Ribeiro said...

Be sure to check out the Discovery Channel on the 11th at 9PM - Introducing Ardi.

Marcel F. Williams said...

Thanks for the info.

Its amazing how much discussion there's been on the paleo-forums on this species.

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