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    Carbon isotope analyses conducted by University of Illinois anthropology professor Stanley Ambrose indicated that Ardipithecus ramidus was a woodland creature whose diet resembled those of modern baboons and chimpanzees.

    Carbon isotope analyses conducted by University of Illinois anthropology professor Stanley Ambrose indicated that Ardipithecus ramidus was a woodland creature whose diet resembled those of modern baboons and chimpanzees.

    Photo by L. Brian Stauffer

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      Carbon isotope analyses conducted by University of Illinois anthropology professor Stanley Ambrose indicated that Ardipithecus ramidus was a woodland creature whose diet resembled those of modern baboons and chimpanzees.

      Photo by L. Brian Stauffer

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      Ambrose analyzed the teeth of two-dozen mammal species found in the same ancient soil layer as Ardipithecus in order to help reconstruct its environment. A modern hippopotamus tooth is pictured.

      Photo by L. Brian Stauffer

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