Ardi named ‘Breakthrough’ of 2009

Above: Artist’s conception of “Ardi”, short for Ardipithecus
ramidus. Per WaPo: “shattered skeleton that an international
team of scientists believes is a major breakthrough in the study
of human origins.” Ardi lived 4.4 million years ago in Ethiopia
and a “key moment” in her discovery occurred on Nov. 5, 1994,
“when a Berkeley graduate student, Yohannes Haile-Selassie of
Ethiopia, found fragments of two finger bones.”
(J.H. Matternes/Science/ABC News Photo Illustration).

The journal Science has named the discovery of Ardi, the fossilized partial skeleton of a female ground ape that lived 4.4 million years ago, as the biggest scientific breakthrough of 2009. Read more.

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