Ardipithecus Ramidus Analysis

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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
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The methods and techniques are also discussed in great detail for dating, collecting, and processing of the specimens collected from the study-area of ARA-VP-6/500 and other specimens. Following this short and general summary of the article is a critical analysis of what Ardipithecus ramidus means for furthering research about the Early Hominids.
The dating of the ARA-VP site was done using fossil comparisons of taxa that have a range from the Late Miocene to the Pleistocene Argon39-Argon40 dating on the Basaltic Tuff, which had a date of 4.4 million years ago. These dates agro with each other on the date of the site. These dates gave a tight window for Ardipithecus ramidus to be extant in the site location. In 1995, the ARA-VP-6/500 skeleton was placed into a new genus due to the lack of megadonty compared to the relative body size, which was different from the holotype for Australopithecus.

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