Temporal range: Pliocene
|Ardipithecus ramidus skull|
White et al., 1995
Ardipithecus is a very early hominid genus, which lived during the late Neogene.
Two species are known: A. kadabba, dated to about 5.6 million years ago (late Miocene), and A. ramidus, which lived about 4.4 million years ago during the early Pliocene.
Because this genus shares several traits with the African great ape genera (Pan and Gorilla), some place it on the that branch rather than human branch.
Most consider it a proto-human because of a likeness in teeth with Australopithecus. Ardipithecus had bipedalism and reduced canines, like the Australopithecines.
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- ↑ White, Tim D. (2009). "Ardipithecus ramidus and the paleobiology of early hominids". Science. 326 (5949): 75–86. doi:10.1126/science.1175802. PMID 19810190. S2CID 20189444.
- ↑ Perlman, David. "Fossils from Ethiopia may be earliest human ancestor". National Geographic News. Retrieved 1 July 2009.