[ ahr-di-pith-i-kuhs, ‐pi-thee-kuhs ]
/ ˌɑr dɪˈpɪθ ɪ kəs, ‐pɪˈθi kəs /
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a genus of extinct hominine of the late Miocene and early Pliocene epochs, known from remains found in northeastern Ethiopia in the 1990s: its two named species are A. ramidus and A. kadabba.
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See also Ardi.
Origin of Ardipithecus
First recorded in 1990–95; from New Latin, from Afar ard, ardi “earth” (from Arabic ʔarḍ ) + Latin pithēcus “ape” (from Greek píthēkos )
Words nearby Ardipithecus
Ardennes, ardent, ardently, ardent spirits, Ardi, Ardipithecus, Ardipithecus kadabba, Ardipithecus ramidus, Ardmore, ardor, ardour
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How to use Ardipithecus in a sentence
Second, the characteristics of Sahelanthropus, Orrorin, and Ardipithecus suggest the ancestor we share with chimpanzees was neither chimpanzee-like nor the exclusive biped we have become.Breakthrough Shows Humans Were Already Standing on Their Own Two Feet 7 Million Years Ago|Jean-Renaud Boisserie|September 1, 2022|Singularity Hub
Ardipithecus, the earliest well-known hominin, had a brain that was slightly smaller than a chimp’s, and there’s no evidence they used tools.Would We Still See Ourselves as ‘Human’ if Other Hominin Species Hadn’t Gone Extinct?|Nicholas R. Longrich|October 21, 2021|Singularity Hub