A recent discovery is said to be a major breakthrough in the study of evolution.
Press Release Service – Wired PR News – Scientists have found an earlier hominid believed to have walked the Earth before Lucy, which has long been regarded as the oldest human ancestor skeleton. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), the discovery of “Ardi” helps give validity to the theory that humans and chimps share a common ancestor.
Tim White, Human Evolution Research Center Director at the University of California, Berkeley, is quoted by the AP as stating of the finding, “This is not that common ancestor, but it’s the closest we have ever been able to come.”
David Pilbeam, curator of paleoanthropology at Harvard’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, is further quoted as stating, “This is one of the most important discoveries for the study of human evolution… It is relatively complete in that it preserves head, hands, feet and some critical parts in between. It represents a genus plausibly ancestral to Australopithecus — itself ancestral to our genus Homo.”
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