One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Either of two extinct hominids of the genus Ardipithecus, known from late Miocene and early Pliocene fossil remains found in the Afar region of Ethiopia, and dated to about 4.4 and 5.6 million years ago respectively.
1990s. From scientific Latin Ardipithecus, genus name from Afar ardi, variant of ard earth, ground, floor (from Arabic ˀarḍ) + scientific Latin -pithecus (fossil) ape, after scientific Latin Australopithecus.
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