The skeleton Ardipithecus ramiduswas nicknamed “Ardi” was found in Ethiopia.
As well as excavating and restoring the Ardi skeleton, scientists discovered 110 ramidus fossils from at least 35 individuals. They also comprehensively searched the site where the skeleton was found collecting absolutely everything there, eventually ending up with over 150,000 specimens including pollen, plants, wood, insects, snails, birds, and animals. This huge haul allowed them to accurately reconstruct the environmental conditions of 4.4 million years ago. As was originally suggested when the first ramidus fossils were published 15 years ago, their environment was a woodland setting with small patches of forest, which seems to put paid to the earlier popular idea that human bipedality was somehow linked to the savannah environment inhabited by some of the australopithecines.
This is yet another blow to the Creationists who believe humans were put on the earth, period.
The Institute for Creation Research stated:
“There is still no solid evidence to support the fanciful idea that humans evolved from primates. This stands to reason, since mankind was specially created from the beginning.”
That sums up the usual creationist attitude: evidence is irrelevant. No fossil can possibly be evidence for human evolution, no matter what it looks like, because they already know that evolution didn’t happen.
At 4.4 million years of age, Ardi stands in their way. At 4.4 million years of age, Ardi is yet another reason religion is dwindling in importance.