Ardipithecus ramidus

Ardipithecus ramidus

The earliest hominid with the most extensive evidence for bipedalism is the 4.4-million-year-old Ardipithecus ramidus. In 2009, researchers announced the results of more than 15 years of analysis of the species and introduced the world to a nearly complete skeleton called Ardi.

Image: Scientific paleoartist Jay Matternes’ rendition of Ardi.

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