At 4.4 million years old, Ardipithecus ramidus, uncovered in 1992, is nearly 1.2 million years older than the famous Lucy (Australopithecus afarensis). This finding, among many others, will finally be published in full in today’s edition of Science magazine. The materials will be available for FREE to everyone (non-subscribers must register).
Both ‘Ardi’ and ‘Lucy’ are findings that shed much-needed light on a somewhat mysterious time period in human evolution. An article in yesterday’s New York Times explains the significance of the findings and reports.