All In The Family:

An up-to-date genealogy of modern humans and their evolutionary predecessors

The more scientists dig, the more hominid species they find. Most are distant cousins that went extinct without progeny; others are our direct ancestors

1 Ardipithecus ramidus

WHEN SPECIES LIVED 4.4 million years ago

FIRST DISCOVERED Aramis, Ethiopia

COMMENT Exactly where this primitive species belongs and whether it walked upright are still unknown

2 Australopithecus anamensis

[WHEN SPECIES LIVED] 4.2 million to 3.9 million years

[FIRST DISCOVERED] Kanapoi, Kenya

[COMMENT] Shows that our ancestors walked upright at least 500,000 years earlier than previously known

3 A. afarensis

[WHEN SPECIES LIVED] 3.6 million to 2.9 million years

[FIRST DISCOVERED] Laetoli, Tanzania

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