Ardipithecus Ramidus Essay

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Ardipithecus Ramidus was discovered in the 1990’s. It is believed to be one of the earliest of our ancestors discovered yet, dating back to almost 4.4 million years ago. 24 years ago, between 1992-1993 hundreds of fossils were recovered in Ethiopia. According to Dorey (2015) “The finds number over 110 specimens and represent about 35 individual members of this species. Most of the remains are dental, but some skull and limb bones were also found.” “Ardipithecus is a genus of an extinct hominine that lived during Late Miocene and Early Pliocene in Afar Depression, Ethiopia. Originally described as one of the earliest ancestors of humans after they diverged from the main ape lineage, the relation of this genus to human ancestors and whether it is a hominin is now a matter of debate.” (Ardipithecus ramidus 2015)
Research indicates that Ardipithecus Ramidus has many human-like features. From the way they walked to the shape of their skull, feet, hands, spine and even their diet. The reason the discovery of Ardipithecus Ramidus is so significant is because we can date back 4.4 million years ago to the closest thing to early human ancestors. The reason they are believed to be human …show more content…

What distinguished Ardipithecus from apes were significant features. It is easy to see the difference in the structure of human bones to those of apes as it is also easy to see the evolution from Ardipithecus to humans. When comparing Ardipithecus to apes we can see a difference as well, clearly, the Ardipithecus might have physically looked similar to an ape but the anatomy of Ardipithecus was much more human-like. Here is where Mosaic evolution comes into play when the gene alleles of an organism or species evolve at different rates. Therefore, answering the question as to why the Ardipithecus looks like an ape but has human-like features

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