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Ardipithecus
Temporal range: Pliocene
Ardipithecus ramidus skull
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Family: Hominidae
Subfamily: Homininae
Tribe: Hominini
Genus: Ardipithecus
White et al., 1995
Species

Ardipithecus kadabba
Ardipithecus ramidus

Ardipithecus is a very early hominid genus, which lived during the late Neogene.

Two species are known: A. kadabba, dated to about 5.6 million years ago (late Miocene), and A. ramidus, which lived about 4.4 million years ago during the early Pliocene.

Because this genus shares several traits with the African great ape genera (Pan and Gorilla), some place it on the that branch rather than human branch.

Most consider it a proto-human because of a likeness in teeth with Australopithecus. Ardipithecus had bipedalism and reduced canines, like the Australopithecines.

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