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An artist's illustration shows how a female Ardipithecus may have looked. An analysis of Ardi's bones, uncovered from 1992 through 1997, was released this year. Credit: J.H. MatternesArdi puts new spin on hominid evolution
A 4.4-million-year-old partial female skeleton discovered in Africa, along with fossils from at least 36 of her comrades, provide the first comprehensive look at any ancient hominid species older than Lucy (SN: 10/24/09, p. 9).

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