Title

Response to Comment on the Paleobiology and Classification of Ardipithecus ramidus

Publication Title

Science

Publication Date

5-28-2010

Document Type

Article

DOI

10.1126/science.1185462

Keywords

response, paleobiology, classification, Ardipithecus ramidus

Disciplines

Anthropology

Abstract

We assigned Ardipithecus to the Hominidae based on numerous dental, cranial, and postcranial characters. Sarmiento argues that these characters are not exclusive to hominids, contending that Ardipithecus is too old to be cladistically hominid. His alternative phylogeny, however, is unlikely because it requires tortuous, nonparsimonious evolutionary pathways.