Ardipithecus Ramidus
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Latin name: Ardipithecus Ramidus
Common name: Ardi
Evolution leap: Third
Time frame: 5.5 - 3.9 million years ago
Previous leap: Orrorin Tugenensis
Next leap: Australopithecus Afarensis

Ardipithecus Ramidus are hominini.

Evolution Details

Ardipithecus Ramidus is the Third Evolution Leap in the game. This evolution is played from approximately 5,500,000 years ago and will change to the next species after you reach approximately 3,900,000 years ago.


Ardipithecus ramidus was first reported in 1994; in 2009, scientists announced a partial skeleton, nicknamed ‘Ardi’. The foot bones in this skeleton indicate a divergent large toe combined with a rigid foot – it's still unclear what this means concerning bipedal behavior. The pelvis, reconstructed from a crushed specimen, is said to show adaptations that combine tree-climbing and bipedal activity. The discoverers argue that the ‘Ardi’ skeleton reflects a human-African ape common ancestor that was not chimpanzee-like. A good sample of canine teeth of this species indicates very little difference in size between males and females in this species.

Ardi’s fossils were found alongside faunal remains indicating she lived in a wooded environment. This contradicts the open savanna theory for the origin of bipedalism, which states that humans learned to walk upright as climates became drier and environments became more open and grassy.

Along with Ardipithecus, Ardi's wooded habitat also including some animals that weren't featured in Ancestors such as Dinofelids, gompatheres and chalicotheres.[1]

Ardipithecus ramidus is a species of australopithecine from the Afar region of Early Pliocene Ethiopia. They evolved around 4.4 million years ago million years ago. Ardi, unlike modern hominids, had adaptations for both walking on two legs (bipedality) and life in the trees (arboreality). The apes discovery, along with other Miocene apes. Ardipithecus inhabited woodland environments feeding on fruits, nuts, roots and small animals.[2]


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