All posts tagged with Ardipithecus

Link: A visit to Ethiopian paleoanthropology

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I’m frankly amazed I didn’t link to this Nautilus article when it came out last year: “Digging Through the World’s Oldest Graveyard”. In it, Amy Maxmen trave...

Popularity of hominin species names

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I was curious about the use of Homo ergaster over time. It seems to me that fewer and fewer paleoanthropologists have been using it over the last few years. ...

Tim White featured on Science Friday

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Last week, Science Friday posted a great video interview with paleoanthropologist Tim White. The interview is part of their “Desktop Diaries” series, in whic...

The homoplastic apes

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Bernard Wood and Terry Harrison have published a review paper in NatureWood:Harrison:2011, arguing that the extent of anatomical convergence among Miocene ap...

"You could blue screen Ardi"

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The Guardian is running an interview with Pauline Fowler, whose company Animated Extras has been involved in many film and television projects where apes and...

Mooning hominins

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Gretchen sends this link: MSNBC has a list of “Eight Great American Discoveries in Science”.

Mailbag: Parallel knuckle-walkers

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Regarding convergent evolution in the great apes, I thought it was well demonstrated that knuckle walking was convergent, because the mechanisms for spinal s...

Ardipithecus backlash begins

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John Noble Wilford reports in the NY Times on today’s technical comments that challenge various aspects of the interpretation of Ardipithecus.

Art and science of fleshed-out fossils

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I had the neat experience yesterday of talking to a class about scientific illustration, from my point of view as a scientist who does a lot of illustrating ...


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Today’s sketchbook:

The trouble about Kenyanthropus and Ardi

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There are three skulls from putative “hominins” that date to 3.5 million years or earlier. Every one of these skulls is known now from extensive reconstructi...

The year's big paleoanthropology stories

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Last year, I complained that paleoanthropology had been exceptionally boring. One piece of evidence was the year-end retrospective in Discover about the top ...

Glut suit riot

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On topic: A Primate of Modern Aspect reviews the anatomy of the Ardipithecus proximal femur.

Lomekwi muckraking

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Michael Balter asks a question I’ve hit here a few times: “What ever happened to Kenyanthropus platyops?”

Chimps R'n't Us

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Michael Balter reports on the “First 4 Million Years of Human Evolution” meeting: “Primatologists Go Ape Over Ardi”.

Ardipithecus bloggingheads

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Today, Science Saturday on is a conversation between Razib Khan and me. We had a fun conversation about Ardipithecus and the recent study of...

Who's your favorite hominin now?

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A couple of weeks ago I gave some Google Trends statistics on search terms for fossil hominins. The winner then was “erectus”, with “Neanderthal” coming in a...

Discovering Ardi notes

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I haven’t been able to see all of the “Discovering Ardi” show tonight, but we did get most of the second hour. I just thought I’d jot down some general comme...

Ardi snippets

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The Discovery Channel has posted some short video snippets of the upcoming Ardipithecus special. I was sent a link to Owen Lovejoy telling us a “Genetic Caut...

Ardi in SEED

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SEED magazine commissioned me to write an article about Ardipithecus. It’s general interest and doesn’t have stuff that my blog readers haven’t seen, but I d...

The Ardipithecus pelvis

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One of the grottiest, most severely crushed parts of the Ardipithecus ARA-VP-6/500 skeleton is the pelvis. The left os coxa is nearly complete but badly dist...

Mailbag: The Ardipithecus wait

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I sense a touch of criticism regarding the grand unveiling of Ardi after 15 years wait. Now I've completed that sentence it makes sense. A large team spend 1...

Whoa, who stole the data?

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OK, as you know I do this thing where I read the supplementary information in papers. I hate doing it; think they should put the stuff in the actual paper wh...

Ardipithecus proportions

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The composite photo included in the main paper by White and colleagues (2009) is very poorly scaled. For example, the measurements given by Lovejoy and colle...

Ardi woes

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Fifteen years they had this thing, and they didn’t look at Oreopithecus?


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Mailbag: Ardipithecus

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thanks for your pellucid ardipithecus blognote--it was enormously helpful in digesting the reports.

"Discovering Ardi"

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UPDATE (2009-10-22): I wrote this post before the film premiered, but it’s gotten a lot of Google traffic. My notes on watching the film might be more intere...

Ardipithecus FAQ

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Today is Ardipithecus day. Eleven papers in tomorrow’s issue of Science describe the research on one exceptional skeleton (numbered ARA-VP-6/500, nicknamed “...

The Orrorin identity

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There's nothing especially surprising about the functional interpretations in Richmond and Jungers' paper about the Orrorin BAR 1002'00 femur. They conclude...

New Year's predictions, 2008 edition

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It's that time of year again -- the time when those boring ``Year in Review'' magazines are on newsstands, and when pundits make fools of themselves predict...

New Year's predictions, 2007 edition

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It's a hazardous business, making predictions -- all the moreso because New Year's predictions have a deadline. If they don't happen this year, well, that's...

Book review of "The First Human"

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Despite all the trouble I had traveling (or maybe because of it), I got to have a really enjoyable time finishing Ann Gibbons' new book, The First Human. Fo...

"Spacecraft all over the Pliocene"

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Rex Dalton has a great two-page article in Nature about the bush vs. ladder dispute. It keys off of the Middle Awash Australopithecus anamensis article by Wh...

A ladder, not a bush?

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Tim White and colleagues (2006) report on new fossils from Aramis and a new site, Asa Issie, with estimated dates between 4.1 and 4.2 million years ago.

Sahara at least 7 million years old

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A concise 4-paragraph article by Mathieu Schuster and colleagues reports on dune deposits that show the Sahara formed during the Late Miocene.

Orrorin opera

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There's a new paper by Tim White in the "In Press" portion of Comptes Rendus Palevol, titled "Early hominid femora: The inside story". It has a short introd...

Tilting at absent Asian australopithecines

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In Nature a couple of weeks ago, Robin Dennell and Wil Roebroeks had a provocative paper exploring the possibility that early humans (i.e. Homo erectus) ori...

New Year's predictions, 2006 edition

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The weblog didn't start from zero a year ago; the sections related to my courses and the Flores files long predate that. But it has been a year since I star...

PhyloCode and human evolution

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The April issue of Discover has a feature article on PhyloCode, focusing on the roles of Jacques Gauthier and Kevin de Queiroz in trying to revise the code ...

Earliest hominids :: thoughts and roundup

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Today I lectured on the earliest hominid samples for my graduate course on australopithecines. This is the first time I have been able to give a full lectur...


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Welcome to the home page for Anthro 604, "Australopithecines!" This page keeps a list of pages within this site that are useful for the course, as well as e...