Ardipithecus


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Ar·di·pith·e·cus

 (är′dĭ-pĭth′ĭ-kəs)
n.
A genus of extinct hominins known from fossil remains found in eastern Africa and dating from about 5.8 to 4.4 million years ago. Ardipithecus is widely considered to be ancestral to Australopithecus.

[New Latin Ardipithēcus, genus name : Afar (language of the area of Ethiopia where remains of the hominins were found) ardi, earth, ground (from Arabic 'arḍ; see ʔrṣ́ in Semitic roots) + Greek pithēkos, ape (of unknown origin).]
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Remains of more than 100 individuals from Ardi's species, Ardipithecus ramidus, confirm that these early hominids were not built like modern chimps or humans, Tim White of the University of California, Berkeley, and his colleagues concluded in the April 21 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
4 Myr hominid Ardipithecus ramidus and its slightly earlier African relatives.
More recent finds of Ardipithecus, an early hominin have led Lovejoy (2009) to effectively recast similar claims about a role of male provisioning and a sexual division of labor originating around five million years ago in Africa.
7 ( ANI ): A new breakthrough has allowed scientists to expand the catalogue of anatomical similarities linking humans, Australopithecus, and Ardipithecus on the tree of life.
4 million-year-old African species Ardipithecus ramidus is related to the human lineage.
A renowned paleoanthropologist wonders in a lecture for the general public, "Is Ardipithecus something that's emerged this unique form of locomotion, or was it unique in not really being unique?
The fossil remains do, however, closely resemble those of an earlier human ancestral species, Ardipithecus ramidus, which lived about a million years earlier.
Her species co-existed with close relatives who were more adept at climbing trees, like 'Ardi's' species, Ardipithecus ramidus, which lived 4.
4 million-year-old hominin species first discovered in the Ethiopian Afar rift in 1992, Tim Whites international team announced that Ardipithecus ramidus "resolves many of the uncertainties about early human evolution, including the nature of the last common ancestor we shared with the line leading to living chimpanzees and bonobos.
But Ardipithecus fossils are found in a region that's also rich in fossils of ancient trees and forest-dwelling animals, including predators like big cats.
Her scientific name is Ardipithecus ramidus, and scientists call her Ardi for short.
Ardi - Ardipithecus ramidus - was found in 1994 in the Ethiopia's Afar desert.