Analysis Of Ardipithecus Ramidus And The Paleobiology Of Early Hominids

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Reading Response to White et al.: Ardipithecus ramidus and the Paleobiology of Early Hominids.
In the article, Ardipithecus ramidus and the Paleobiology of Early Hominids, by Tim D. White et al. , the Ardipithecus ramidus specimen ARA-VP-6/500 from the Aramis vertebrate paleontology locality 1 (ARA-VP-1) expedition is examined in depth. The ARA-VP-1 is located in the Middle Awash and expands into the Central Awash Complex (CAC) with different localities, numbered from 1 up. The Middle Awash and CAC are important because the Middle Awash has been dated from the Late Miocene to the Pleistocene, and the CAC has been dated with strata from about 5.55 to 3.85 million years ago. The article has an in-depth description about the site locality. Including notes about the study field and the type of environment that the specimen was found in, along with the years that each new piece of the specimen is found during, for example - "two hominid metacarpal fragments" were found on November 5, 1994 (White et al. 2009). The article is split into sections, with a long discussion about the excavation of the partial hominoid skeleton that has the specimen number ARA-VP-6/500. In this section, the excavation dates of each individual specimen is discussed, along with the conditions and context data for each. Then, there is an explanation of how classification was conducted, the cranial and dental anatomy of ARA-VP-6/500 for Ardipithecus ramidus, the post-cranial anatomy and the locomotion…

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