Miami geologists part of ARDI discovery to be featured on Discovery Channel Oct. 11Oct 07, 2009
The discovery and study of a 4.4 million-year-old female partial skeleton nicknamed "Ardi," – announced in the journal Science last week – that included contributions by two Miami faculty, will be the subject of a Discovery Channel special, "Discovering Ardi: Changing Our Understanding of Human Origins," at 9 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11.
The program documents the sustained, intensive investigation leading up to this landmark publication of the Ardipithecus ramidus fossils.
Miami geologists Bill Hart, chair and professor of geology, and Brian Currie, associate professor of geology, are part of the Middle Awash research project, a "large, multidisciplinary, international team of experts" that has uncovered the oldest hominid skeleton yet reported. They are among the 47 authors that worked together to author the 11 scientific papers that comprise the special Oct. 2 issue of Science.
The investigation leading to the landmark publication of the Ardipithecus ramidus fossils took the research team 15 years to meticulously piece together Ardi" and her lost world.
For information about "Discovering Ardi" go to http://dsc.discovery.com/tv/ardipithecus/ardipithecus.html. Hart and Currie are among scientists featured here: http://dsc.discovery.com/tv/ardipithecus/team-members/scientists.html.
For information about Hart’s and Currie’s involvement in the research project, go to http://www.miami.muohio.edu/news/article/view/12367.