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Evolution's Bad Girl

Ardi shakes up the fossil record

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2:38pm, December 31, 2009

She’s the ultimate evolutionary party crasher. Dubbed Ardi, her partial skeleton was unearthed in Ethiopia near the scattered remains of at least 36 of her comrades. Physical anthropologists had known about the discovery of this long-gone gal for around 15 years, but few expected to see the 4.4-million-year-old hell-raiser that was unveiled in 11 scientific papers in October.

Like a biker chick strutting into a debutante ball, Ardi brazen

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