Discovering Ardi

Date:9 February 2010 Tags:, ,

Scientists have discovered a 4,4 million-year-old female partial skeleton nicknamed “Ardi”.

The scientific investigation that began in the Ethiopian desert 17 years ago opens a new chapter on human evolution, revealing the first evolutionary steps our ancestors took after we diverged from a common ancestor we once shared with living chimpanzees.

These Ethiopian discoveries reveal an early grade of human evolution in Africa that predated the famous nicknamed "Lucy".

Following the publication in the journal on the find and study of Ardi, Discovery Channel will present a world premiere special, , to premiere in South Africa in December. The two-hour special documents the sustained, intensive investigation leading up to the landmark publication of the fossils. Watch the trailer of Discovery Channel's …

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