A U.S. biological anthropologist says he’s determined humans did not evolve from apes, but, rather, apes evolved from humans.
Kent State University Professor C. Owen Lovejoy, who specializes in the study of human origins, said his findings came from a study of Ardipithecus ramidus, a hominid species that lived 4.4 million years ago in what now is Ethiopia.
“People often think we evolved from apes, but no, apes in many ways evolved from us,” Lovejoy said. “It has been a popular idea to think humans are modified chimpanzees. From studying Ardipithecus ramidus, or ‘Ardi,’ we learn that we cannot understand or model human evolution from chimps and gorillas.”
Lovejoy presents his research in a special Oct. 2 issue of the journal Science, which will feature 11 papers that are the first formal description of “Ardi,” a partial female skeleton. Lovejoy was first author on five papers and contributed to an additional three.