PROCLAIMING ARDIPITHECUS: A Revolution in Our Understanding of Human Origins?

DECEMBER 12, 2013 3:00 P.M.

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PROCLAIMING ARDIPITHECUS: A Revolution in Our Understanding of Human Origins?

Were our animal ancestors apes— or something surprisingly different? Watch, and join in, as two leading scholars of human evolution argue this question in a public forum.

In 1994, a mysterious 4.4-million-year-old skeleton was found in Ethiopia. After long and meticulous preparation and study, these remains were described in 2010 as a human ancestor unlike anything that scientists had expected to find: a creature that walked as a quadruped in the trees and a biped on the ground. Its describers concluded that there was never a long-armed, apelike stage in human evolution, and that current ideas about human descent need to be discarded and replaced. Two leading experts on the human fossil record, William Jungers from Stony Brook University and William Kimbel from Arizona State University’s Institute of Human Origins, will discuss and debate the meaning of the fossils of Ardipithecus ramidus and how they alter our understanding of human evolution.

Drs. Jungers and Kimbel’s statements are available online. Send in questions via e-mail ( or Find us on Facebook.

GO TO: at 3:00 P.M. on December 12, 2013 to see the live webcast of the debate.


DECEMBER 12, 2013, 4:30 P.M.
213 Bay State Road, Boston, MA 02215

All members of the BU community are invited to join this public discussion, in which Drs. Jungers and Kimbel will be joined by BU anthropologists.  Come and question the experts — and stay to join us for the concluding reception!