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Here then, is one story in the long journey to find our
ancestors. December 17, 1992
When graduate student Gen Suwa saw a
glint among the pebbles in the desert of
Ethiopia, he knew immediately it was a
“human” molar. Suwa called the team and on hands and knees they
scoured the rocks looking for bone fragments.
There ,near the village of Aramis, they knew they had
something special , a hominin , older than Lucy—a once
in a lifetime discovery. Tim White’s team had done it
again. Months and years were to pass
as more pieces were found and
pelvis, leg, ankle, foot,
hand and jaw—
--the rarest of finds,
a partial skeleton of a new “human” fossil.
It was a female and they nicknamed it “Ardi,”
short for Ardipithecus ramidus ;
not only a new species, but a new genus! The White team eventually found over 100
specimens of the new species.
Anthropologist Owen Lovejoy of Kent
University said, “This team seems to suck
fossils out of the earth.” White and others spent years removing clay from the
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