Yesterday was a big day for anthropology, seeing the first publication of some 15 years worth of analysis of a 4.4 million-year-old fossil skeleton of Ardipithecus Ramidus first discovered by Gen Suwa, then a graduate student of Berkeley paleoanthropologist Tim White, in Ethiopia, in 1992. Science magazine has made all eleven papers freely available to anyone willing to register at their site.

Sean Michael Ragan

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c’t – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.

  • Al

    How does this crap involve Making something?

  • Nick

    Chill out it’s Friday.
    Regardless if you believe/understand evolution or not this is still a major event in the scientific community. A significant number of posts on this blog aren’t directly related to Making something but are related to spreading the advancement of knowledge.

  • Phillip Torrone

    al, i don’t think this is “crap” – it’s science. if you read the papers and the articles about this discovery you’ll see many make-like projects, from mold making to how dating old rocks and fossils works. science is interesting.

  • Gareth Branwyn

    I don’t know why so many people seem to be under the impression that every post on MAKE has to be something YOU can make. We post plenty of these, but we also post items we think will be of interest to makers, and most makers are interested in leading-edge science and technology, how the world works. If we’re excited about something, we assume many other makers will be too.

  • Anonymous

    ha! boobies

  • Mike Licht

    Ardi’s robust thumb musculature and flexible midcarpal (wrist) joint are perfect for text-messaging.


  • Unbwogable

    I don’t see the human ancestor supposedly touted on the headline. Am I missing something?

    Oh, wait, that’s right, I believe in Creation, these folks believe in evolution :-) (NOT saying I’m right and you’re wrong, just saying what I believe).

    Regardless, still quite an interesting find!

    • timbudtwo

      All you need to say is that evolution is slow, even speciation isn’t all that fast, so there should be a massive fossil record with gobs of chains, not enigmatic “missing links.” Done deal. There will be no end all to the argument. So just throw that out so the argument ends because its an annoying argument.

  • Anonymous

    Phil, Gareth — if you want to build your readership, arguing with your readers is not a good idea. Unless you’d rather be right than successful.

    • Sean Michael Ragan

      You seem angry, Anonymous. What I don’t understand is why. Care to elaborate?