Saturday, October 03, 2009

Discovery of Ardi (Ardipithecus ramidus)

This morning Fox and Friends was reporting about the discovery of Ardipithecus ramidus, affectionately being called "Ardi," which was supposedly a human ancestor which lived four million years ago. The impression I got from the scientist interviewed on Fox and Friends was that the data was unquestioned. That is not the case:
So what do we have with “Ardi”? We have an extremely crushed “Irish stew” fossil that has undergone extensive reconstruction in order to become part of a PR campaign to make bold claims of ancestral status to the human line, even though at base its qualities are very similar to previously known fossils, and there's a lot of skepticism about the claims being made. In other words, we have the typical media circus that we find every time a new "missing link" is found.
Read, "Artifically Reconstructed 'Ardi' Overturns Prevailing Evolutionary Hypotheses of Human Evolution."

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