It seems when we find a great new discovery such as Ardi, or Lucy, that we seem to have one very good (relatively speaking) fossil, and we make our discoveries, our assumptions, and our statements about our pre-human ancestors off of this one fossil.
How do we know we have not found an aberration?
What if in 4 million years some civilization only finds the skelatal remains of Shaquille O’Neal? Or only finds the remains of somebody with dwarfism? Or the Elephant Man?
Would they believe we are all 7 feet tall? Or less than 4 feet? Or we all had elephantiasis?
I don’t mean to detract from the incredible finds of Lucy and Ardi, or to take away from the amazing research being done, but how do we know? Perhaps there is an answer, I am just unaware of it…
For more info on Ardi, please check out the videos from Discovery.com…