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OLDEST HUMAN SKELETON FOUND, 4.4 MILLION YEARS OLD
    #11167653 - 10/02/09 02:45 AM (8 years, 21 days ago)


Scientists today announced the discovery of the oldest fossil skeleton of a human ancestor. The find reveals that our forebears underwent a previously unknown stage of evolution more than a million years before Lucy, the iconic early human ancestor specimen that walked the Earth 3.2 million years ago.

The centerpiece of a treasure trove of new fossils, the skeleton—assigned to a species called Ardipithecus ramidus—belonged to a small-brained, 110-pound (50-kilogram) female nicknamed "Ardi." (See pictures of Ardipithecus ramidus.)

The fossil puts to rest the notion, popular since Darwin's time, that a chimpanzee-like missing link—resembling something between humans and today's apes—would eventually be found at the root of the human family tree. Indeed, the new evidence suggests that the study of chimpanzee anatomy and behavior—long used to infer the nature of the earliest human ancestors—is largely irrelevant to understanding our beginnings.

Ardi instead shows an unexpected mix of advanced characteristics and of primitive traits seen in much older apes that were unlike chimps or gorillas (interactive: Ardi's key features). As such, the skeleton offers a window on what the last common ancestor of humans and living apes might have been like.

Announced at joint press conferences in Washington, D.C., and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the analysis of the Ardipithecus ramidus bones will be published in a collection of papers tomorrow in a special edition of the journal Science, along with an avalanche of supporting materials published online.

"This find is far more important than Lucy," said Alan Walker, a paleontologist from Pennsylvania State University who was not part of the research. "It shows that the last common ancestor with chimps didn't look like a chimp, or a human, or some funny thing in between." (Related: "Oldest Homo Sapiens Fossils Found, Experts Say" [June 11, 2003].
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2009/10/091001-oldest-human-skeleton-ardi-missing-link-chimps-ardipithecus-ramidus.html


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Re: OLDEST HUMAN SKELETON FOUND, 4.4 MILLION YEARS OLD [Re: Coaster]
    #11167666 - 10/02/09 02:47 AM (8 years, 21 days ago)

Them bones wuz left by the Devil boy!


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Re: OLDEST HUMAN SKELETON FOUND, 4.4 MILLION YEARS OLD [Re: Gastronomicus]
    #11167671 - 10/02/09 02:48 AM (8 years, 21 days ago)



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Re: OLDEST HUMAN SKELETON FOUND, 4.4 MILLION YEARS OLD [Re: Coaster]
    #11167695 - 10/02/09 02:52 AM (8 years, 21 days ago)



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Re: OLDEST HUMAN SKELETON FOUND, 4.4 MILLION YEARS OLD [Re: Coaster]
    #11167707 - 10/02/09 02:55 AM (8 years, 21 days ago)

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my ancestors have flabby man tits.
or is it a female?


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Re: OLDEST HUMAN SKELETON FOUND, 4.4 MILLION YEARS OLD [Re: Coaster]
    #11167710 - 10/02/09 02:55 AM (8 years, 21 days ago)

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I'd hit it.


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Re: OLDEST HUMAN SKELETON FOUND, 4.4 MILLION YEARS OLD [Re: CannabiShaman]
    #11167728 - 10/02/09 02:59 AM (8 years, 21 days ago)

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What is this... its tripping me out


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Re: OLDEST HUMAN SKELETON FOUND, 4.4 MILLION YEARS OLD [Re: Astral_JL]
    #11167745 - 10/02/09 03:04 AM (8 years, 21 days ago)

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What is this... its tripping me out






Alien jizz.


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Re: OLDEST HUMAN SKELETON FOUND, 4.4 MILLION YEARS OLD [Re: meatcakeman]
    #11167793 - 10/02/09 03:15 AM (8 years, 21 days ago)

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What is this... its tripping me out






Alien jizz.





How did you know?  Where you the dude with the camera?



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Re: OLDEST HUMAN SKELETON FOUND, 4.4 MILLION YEARS OLD [Re: CannabiShaman]
    #11167858 - 10/02/09 03:35 AM (8 years, 21 days ago)

This is GREAT news, I have been waiting to hear about something like this. I mean it seemed so obvious that our species dates back much further than we have been able to verify. maybe 4 or 5 million year old fossils will shed some light on the matter.


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