Party Ardi


( — for Kirk Cameron — )

Just a pointer in case anyone has missed it: the October 2 issue of Science is largely devoted to Ardipithecus ramidus, the extinct hominid whose fossilized partial skeleton predates Lucy by more than a million years.

Eleven papers on Ardi, her forest environment, and the implications for human (not to mention chimpanzee) evolution are freely available in a special Online Extra (registration required – one minute tops). There is a wealth of commentary and supporting material as well. Each paper is also represented by a very unjargoned author’s summary.

It’s a feast, and an appropriate celebration of the fifteen years of hard work put in by dozens of people.

What a welcome relief from the hype surrounding the unveiling of Ida.

When our results are published, it will be just like an asteroid hitting the earth.

Predictably, some of the press have latched on to Reexamining Human Origins in Light of Ardipithecus ramidus and its discussion of unadvertised ovulation and food-for-sex as drivers of human development.

Science writer Ann Gibbons (what are the odds?) and project leader Tim White provide a video introduction:


8 Responses to “Party Ardi”

  1. artemis54 Says:

    Who knew?

    Melvinia! – Queen of Gondwanaland

  2. cometman Says:

    William Kamkwamba was interviewed on the Daily Show last night. if you missed it you can watch it here.

  3. artemis54 Says:

    Miss D and others please note.

    I have to get my wig screwed down and take off in a few hours for a remote location where I’ll be running a bathroom remodel. No internet access, no nothing except an obnoxious insane dog and his even more obnoxious and insane master. I am not at all sure I can hang on to my sanity for the required 5 days.

  4. artemis54 Says:

    From UW Libraries’ Digital Collections: Historical menus of Puget Sound

  5. artemis54 Says:

    Animal reservoir confirmed for Marburg, Ebola viruses: fruit bats in Gabon and elsewhere. Great advancement in understanding the disease spread, etc. Probably not such great news for the bats.

  6. artemis54 Says:

    In cool news today, black-footed ferrets return to Canada.

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