Sunday, 4 October 2009

A fresh start

A fresh look at our start - the human race's beginnings, that is. Say Hi to Ardi (Ardipithecus ramidus), 4.4 million years young. Ardi is 1.2 million years earlier than the famed Lucy, the archetypical Australopithecus, previously thought to be the nearest "missing link".

Although this species is close to the point where humans diverged from the chimpanzees, Ardi bears little resemblance to chimps. In fact, it seems that chimps themselves have evolved a lot since then, anyway, so this whole notion is a bit academic.

Lots more interesting detail here.

Speaking of primitive females, it seems that Sarah Palin is not selling on the lecture circuit. Well, golly gee...

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