Re: Savannah strawman

JShreeve (
29 Jun 1996 15:02:20 -0400

Have you seen the information regarding the ramidus fossil?
It is hard for me to imagine how that much information can be garnered
from the specimen but what the heck do I know?

Everyone in the paleoanthropological community wants to know this. Tim
White and colleagues have in fact found a very substantial sample of
ramidus fossils, including a partical skeleton. The problem is that they
are in extremely fragile condition and require extensive preparation
before analysis can begin. The investigators also want to recover from
the ground as much as possible of the skeleton before saying anything
about what its anatomy suggests about its mode of locomotion, etc. The
last time I heard, they did not anticipate announcing the results of their
analysis of the bones until 1998 at the earliest. In the meantime, they
aren't talking. James Shreeve