Scientists in the U.S. and Ethiopia have unveiled fossils from a 4.4 million year old human ancestor. Her name: Ardi. The revelation: The early ancestors to humans were more modern than today’s apes and chimps. Ardi represents a middle ground in human evolution and bumps “Lucy,” the fabled 3.2 million year old fossil, out of science’s limelight.
According to the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the research surrounding Ardi, will appear in the journal Science on Friday. A package of 11 detailed papers “will be the first comprehensive, peer-reviewed description of the Ardipithecus fossils, which include a partial skeleton of a female, nicknamed ‘Ardi.’”
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