Nation/World ◆ A13
Friday, May 28, 2010 ◆ The Mountain Press
Questions raised about ‘Ardi’ as man’s ancestor
A sign protesting the oil spill and BP is shown in Grand Isle, La., on Thursday.
NEW YORK (AP) — Last fall, a fossil skeleton named “Ardi” shook up the field of human evolution. Now, some scientists are raising doubts about what exactly the creature from Ethiopia was and what kind of landscape it inhabited. New critiques question whether Ardi really belongs on the human branch of the evolutionary tree, and whether it really lived in woodlands. That second question has implications for theories about what kind of environment spurred early human evolution. The new work is being published by the journal Science, which last year declared the original presentation of the 4.4 millionyear-old fossil to be the magazine’s break-
through of the year. Ardi, short for Ardipithecus ramidus, is a million years older than the famous “Lucy” fossil. Last October, it was hailed as a window on early human evolution. Researchers concluded that “Ardi” walked upright rather than on its knuckles like chimps, for example, and that it lived in woodlands rather than open grasslands. It didn’t look much like today’s chimps, our closest living relatives, even though it was closer than Lucy to the common ancestor of humans and chimps. Such questioning isn’t unusual; big scientific discoveries are typically greeted that way.
Gulf leak eclipses Valdez as worst U.S. spill ever By GREG BLUESTEIN Associated Press Writer COVINGTON, La. — BP’s attempt to choke off the gusher at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico appeared to be making some progress, officials said Thursday as dire new government estimates showed the disaster has easily eclipsed the Exxon Valdez as the biggest oil spill in U.S. history. As the world waited to see whether the “top kill” would work, President Barack Obama announced major new restrictions on drilling projects, and the head of the federal agency that regulates the industry resigned under pressure, becoming the highest-ranking political casualty of the crisis so far. BP started shooting heavy drilling mud into the blownout well 5,000 feet underwater on Wednesday afternoon.
Tensions rise on Korean peninsula SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Military tension on the Korean peninsula rose Thursday after North Korea threatened to attack any South Korean ships entering its waters and Seoul held anti-submarine drills in response to the March sinking of a navy vessel blamed on Pyongyang. Separately, the chief U.S. military commander in South Korea criticized the North over the sinking of the South Korean warship Cheonan in which 46 sailors died, telling the communist country to stop its aggressive actions. North Korean reaction was swift. The military declared it would scrap accords with the South designed to prevent armed clashes at their maritime border, including the cutting of a military hot line, and warned of “prompt physical strikes” if any South Korean ships enter what the North says are its waters in a disputed area off the west coast of the peninsula. A multinational team of investigators said May 20 that a North Korean torpedo sank the 1,200-ton ship.
It was the latest in a string of attempts to stop the oil that has been spewing for five weeks, since the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded and sank off the coast of Louisiana. Eleven workers were killed in the accident. Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Tony Russell said the mud was stopping some oil and gas but had a way to go before it was declared a success. BP said it should know by the end of the day whether it worked. If the procedure works, BP will inject cement into the well to seal it permanently. If it doesn’t, the company has a number of backup plans. Either way, crews will continue to drill two relief wells, considered the only surefire way to stop the leak. A top kill has never been attempted before so deep underwater. The stakes were higher
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than ever as public frustration over the spill grew and a team of government scientists said the oil has been flowing at a rate 2 1/2 to five times higher than what BP and the Coast Guard initially estimated. Two teams of scientists calculated the well has been spewing between 504,000 and more than a million gallons a day. Even using the most conservative estimate, that means nearly 18 million gallons have spilled so far. In the worst-case scenario, 39 million gallons have leaked. That larger figure would be nearly four times the size of the Exxon Valdez disaster, in which a tanker ran aground in Alaska in 1989, spilling nearly 11 million gallons. “Now we know the true scale of the monster we are fighting in the Gulf,” said Jeremy Symons, vice president of the National Wildlife Federation.
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