'Ardi' Is Not the 'Missing Link' in Human Evolution

4.5-4.3 million year fossils from Gona, Ethiopia via stoneageinstitute.orgGreenTracker| Scientists continue searching for the “missing link” — the common ancestor of both humans and modern apes.

“Ardi” may be the oldest known hominid, but she is not the “missing link”.

“Ardi”, a female representative of Ardipithecus ramidus who lived about 4.4 million years ago near today’s Ethiopia, may now be the oldest known hominid, being a million years older than “Lucy”, the skeleton of another species called Australopithecus afarensis.

Genetics suggest that humans and our closest living relatives, the chimpanzees, diverged 6 million to 7 million years ago, although some research suggests this may have happened 4 million years ago. via ABC News

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