You may have recently heard news about “Ardi” (Ardipithecus ramidus), which is the oldest and most complete hominid skeleton that has been found to date. Not surprisingly, controversy abounds regarding what this skeleton means for the ancestral trees of apes and humans. See the following video for a quick peek into the ongoing discussion about where to place Ardi on the primate family tree.
FOR MORE ABOUT ARDI, check out Discovery Channel’s interactive website “DISCOVERING ARDI.”
You can also read more about “Lucy” and other primate fossils of Africa near the end of the page in our “Primates of Africa” section.
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