Meet your mysterious relative

Ardi climbed trees and walked on two legs 4.4 million years ago

By Stephen Ornes, 00:00 AM October 14, 2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An artist’s interpretation shows how a 4.4-million-year-old female <em>Ardipithecus</em> may have looked.

 

An artist’s interpretation shows how a 4.4-million-year-old female Ardipithecus might have looked.

 

J.H. Matternes

Her scientific name is Ardipithecus ramidus, and scientists call her Ardi for short. She is ancient — her bones are 4.4 million years old — and is making scientists think about the distant past in a whole new way.

 

Ardi is an example of an extinct species that may help scientists understand how human beings evolved the way we did. She is a hominid, which means she belon...

Source URL: https://student.societyforscience.org/article/meet-your-mysterious-relative