- Feb 28, 2009
... Cats out there guessing and professin accauracy when in fact there are only regurgiating some one else's guess. In reality no one knows for sure.
In my opinion we have to go back to lucy..... She is over a couple million years old.'
Fossil Skeleton From Africa Predates Lucy
By JOHN NOBLE WILFORD
Published: October 1, 2009
Lucy, meet Ardi.
A fairly complete skeleton of Ardipithecus ramidus, which replaced Lucy as the earliest known skeleton from the human branch of the primate family tree.
Ardi, short for Ardipithecus ramidus, is the newest fossil skeleton out of Africa to take its place in the gallery of human origins. At an age of 4.4 million years, it lived well before and was much more primitive than the famous 3.2-million-year-old Lucy, of the species Australopithecus afarensis.....
..Scientists not involved in the new research hailed its importance, placing the Ardi skeleton on a pedestal alongside notable figures of hominid evolution like Lucy and the 1.6-million-year-old Turkana Boy from Kenya, an almost complete specimen of Homo erectus with anatomy remarkably similar to modern Homo sapiens....
The discovery site, on what is now an arid floodplain along the middle stretch of the Awash River in Ethiopia, is 140 miles northeast of Addis Ababa and 45 miles south of Hadar, where Lucy was found in 1974 by Donald Johanson, with whom Dr. White collaborated in analyzing those fossils....
COMPLETE ARTICLE HERE