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Hello, Ardi: New Oldest Humanoid Fossil A Million Years Older Than Lucy

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This morning, scientists revealed an analysis of a female skeleton that seems to be the best example of early hominids around, about a million years older than the famous Lucy specimen that has been a prime example of early humanoids for about 40 years. New species Ardipithecus ramidus, which scientists nicknamed "Ardi," lived in the woodlands of present-day Ethiopia and had a blend of human and chimplike features.

By analyzing the skeleton (which included hands, feet, limbs, pelvis, and skull), researchers estimate that she was about four feet tall and weighed about 110 pounds. She was adept at both climbing through trees (with help from opposable big toes) as well as standing on two legs.

Ardi lived 4.4 million years ago, about a few million years after the lineages of people and chips split. All in all, the research suggests that humans' and chimpanzees' last common ancestor was pretty different from current-day apes, which have gained a lot of adaptations for swinging through the trees since then. Read: You certainly did not descend from a chimp, and the thing you descended from wasn't as chimpy as you might have been picturing.

Ardi was revealed at a press conference this morning. The 11 scientific papers detailing her bones and lifestyle will be published tomorrow in the journal Science.

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Lori, how in the world could this possibly be if we have only been around for less than 10,000 years?  The bible says a fool would say that everything was created out of nothing.  I don’t think it’s nice to call people fools but it’s also not nice to spread falsehoods or fairytales as if they are were true.  I guess I should be a little more understanding, I was once duped by Darwinism so I can understand how gullible folk as yourself can be to buy into such a fantasy. 



  New Oldest Humanoid Fossil A Million Years Older Than Lucy” Now when you read this did you do any digging?? Is this another one of the so called missing links only to later be exposed like Piltdown man, Java man, Peking man, Nebraska man all were.  Let’s go over these so called missing links.  First we have Piltdown man he was thought to be a missing link for over 50 years before it was discovered to be a fraudulent combination of a human skull and an orangutan jaw.  People want to believe in evolution so they often forget scientific scrutiny.  Java man and Peking man are further evidence that people see what they believe in the fossils.  You can read more in depth in Bones of Contention by Martin Lubenow.  Remember Nebraska man?  The hallmark in the scopes trial, did you know that the tooth that inspired the artist rendition was later proven to be a pigs tooth?  Lucy is another one, despite the claim that australopithecines like Lucy walked upright, the data does not support the claim.  Other apes living today have similar leg structures and do not walk upright.  So just because you hear something does not make it true.  I thought that evolutionist were into reason, hmmm I guess not.


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