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Palaeontology

"Missing link" fossil revealed

By T.K. Randall
May 20, 2009 · Comment icon 76 comments



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The remains of a 47-million-year-old creature dubbed as the "missing link" between primates and humans has been revealed in the US. The fossil known as 'Ida' is preserved so well that the creature's fur and even its last meal can be seen.
The beautifully preserved remains of a 47-million-year-old, lemur-like creature have been unveiled in the US. The preservation is so good, it is possible to see the outline of its fur and even traces of its last meal."


Source: BBC News | Comments (76)


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Comment icon #67 Posted by aquatus1 14 years ago
Don't do it again.
Comment icon #68 Posted by Karlis 14 years ago
Hi folks, I'm copy-pasting the whole article below, because it seems to be a fairly well balanced summary of this whole situation, and does show "both sides" of the major arguments. Karlis -=-=- Fossil's pop star arrival born of a new thirst for PR May 22, 2009 The spin about Ida worked, but Deborah Smith wonders whether it has a place in good science. It was the day a fossil of a lemur-like animal that died 47 million years ago was treated like a pop star. Rarely, if ever, has an important scientific discovery been announced with so much hype, touted as a "revolutionary find that will change ... [More]
Comment icon #69 Posted by REBEL 14 years ago
Good find Karlis, and summary by Eliott. On the last three lines; Makes good sense and wouldn't surprise me the least... ''Wow, look what we found!'' ''No you didn't, we did!'' ''Yes we did, and we getting all the credit fame and fortune!!!'' ''No, we are!'' No your not, we are!'' ''r not!'' ''yes!'' ''not!'' ''yes!'' ''not'' ''yes yes yes yes...'' ''not not not not...'' (same goes for evolutionists/creationists arguments)
Comment icon #70 Posted by MirrorImage 14 years ago
Time has a new article about Ida up, it seems some feel the way I do, while its certianly a cool find, it was over hyped. http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,...1900057,00.html
Comment icon #71 Posted by Techsavy 14 years ago
A 47-million-year-old fossil is now on display in New York City. The History Channel, University of Oslo and Research Institute, all behind the scientific find, say this specimen is the most complete fossil primate ever found. The young fossil known as "Ida" is expected to revolutionize understanding of human evolution. Dr. Jorn Hurum first heard about the fossil in Hamburg, Germany. He was invited to view the fossil in a private meeting and confirmed its authenticity. "Ida" is a European fossil, preserved in Germany's Messel Pit; the mile-wide crater and oil-rich shale is a significant site f... [More]
Comment icon #72 Posted by chemical-licker 14 years ago
its a lizard that used to rule planet earth and have evolved into the queen.
Comment icon #73 Posted by Shaftsbury 14 years ago
its a lizard that used to rule planet earth and have evolved into the queen. Don't look now but, I think Ida just took over your avatar, sneaky little primate!
Comment icon #74 Posted by BaneSilvermoon 14 years ago
hom·i·nid [ hómm?nid ] (plural hom·i·nids) noun Definition: member of primate family including humans: a primate belonging to a family of which the modern human being is the only species still in existence. Family Hominidae. [Late 19th century. modern Latin Hominidae Latin homin-, stem of Latin homo "human being"] hom·i·nid adjective http://ca.encarta.msn.com/dictionary_1861618480/hominid.html now if i am not mistaken chimps are still living. http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/homs/species.html
Comment icon #75 Posted by hetrodoxly 14 years ago
I watched the documentary on tuesday, the guy who obtained the fossil from the private collector knew what he had was something special but more research was needed he gathered scientists palaeontologist etc. the best in their field from around the world, to study the fossil they had to find out exactly what they had before publishing a paper this is why it took so long, it's a juvenile female that had broken away from the lemur line, this is "the missing link bit" her line going on to produce the great apes, humans...does this alter the out of Africa theory?
Comment icon #76 Posted by Shaftsbury 14 years ago
I watched the documentary on tuesday, the guy who obtained the fossil from the private collector knew what he had was something special but more research was needed he gathered scientists palaeontologist etc. the best in their field from around the world, to study the fossil they had to find out exactly what they had before publishing a paper this is why it took so long, it's a juvenile female that had broken away from the lemur line, this is "the missing link bit" her line going on to produce the great apes, humans...does this alter the out of Africa theory? Because we are talking about the e... [More]


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