Thursday, October 1, 2009

Our Pre-Human Fossil History (Ardi)

"This is not an ordinary fossil. It's not a chimp. It's not a human. It shows us what we used to be" -- Professor Tim White, UC Berkeley. An ancient human-like creature that may be a direct ancestor to our species has been described by researchers. The assessment of the 4.4-million-year-old animal called Ardipithecus ramidus is reported in the journal Science. Even if it is not on the direct line to us, it offers new insights into how we evolved from the common ancestor we share with chimps, the team says. More>>

UC scientists unveil skeleton (PHOTOS)