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 Ardipithecus might have looked.
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...
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