6 Nov 2020

The Ardi Saga: the epic feud over our oldest known human ancestor

From Nine To Noon, 10:07 am on 6 November 2020
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Photo: Jay Matternes - Creative Commons

Journalist Kermit Pattison has spent 10 years investigating and writing, 'Fossil Men', about the discovery of the  4.4 million-year-old bones of Ardi,  thought to be the oldest known skeleton of a human ancestor. It's a tale of scientific discovery, obsession and professional feuding which centered around whether humans were descended from an ancestor that resembled today's chimpanzee.