Does anyone remember all the hoopla and fanfare that accompanied the discovery of Ardi (Ardipithecus ramidus)? If anyone thinks that evolutionary scientists are not given to incredible levels of hyperbole, just look at the headlines that accompanied the discovery of the allegedly 4.4 million year old newly christened species of early hominid nicknamed Ardi. Why all the publicity for Ardi? Well Ardi was deemed to be 4.4 million years old, a million years older than Lucy.