Missing Link discovered
May 19, 2009 06:51 PM
by Cass Silva
This article came from Physorg. Interestingly enough I heard on main street media and confirmed by Attenborough that Ida was the missing link evolution needed to shore up its theory, however this article states AP) -- The nearly complete skeleton of a small 47 million-year-old creature found in Germany was displayed Tuesday by scientists who said it would help illuminate the early evolution of monkeys, apes and humans.
This raises a couple of issues, firstly it reincarnates the 'missing link' as a necessary evolutionary step, although science has declared (when they thought the possibility of finding one was remote)that a missing link wasn't required.
This pristine example smells a little of pitdown man and there is no archeological dig and it was purchased as 'artwork'
Be interesting to see what unfolds.
Early skeleton sheds light on primate evolution (Update)
May 19th, 2009 By MALCOLM RITTER , AP Science Writer
The 47 million-year-old fossilized remains of a creature are shown at a news conference at the American Museum of Natural History, Tuesday, May 19, 2009 in New York. Scientists unveiled the skeleton of the 47 million-year-old creature from Germany that may help illuminate the early evolution of monkeys, apes and humans. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
(AP) -- The nearly complete skeleton of a small 47 million-year-old creature found in Germany was displayed Tuesday by scientists who said it would help illuminate the early evolution of monkeys, apes and humans.
About the size of a small cat, the animal has four legs and a long tail. It's not a direct ancestor of monkeysand humans, but it provides a good indication of what such an ancestormay have looked like, researchers said at a news conference.
Because the skeletonis so remarkably complete, scientists believe it will provide a window into primate evolution. The animal was a juvenile female that scientists believe died at about 9 or 10 months.
"She tells so many stories. We have just started the research on this fabulous specimen," said Jorn Hurum, of the University of Oslo Natural History Museum, one of the scientists reporting the find.
The creature is nicknamed Ida after Hurum's 6-year-old daughter.
The unveiling, at New York's Museum of Natural History, was promoted by a press release for the cable TV show History, which called it a "revolutionary scientific find that will change everything."
Mayor Michael Bloomberg, among the speakers at the news conference, called it an "astonishing breakthrough."
The story of the fossil find will be shown on History, which is owned by A&E Television Networks. A book also will be published.
Hurum saw nothing wrong with the heavy publicity which preceded the research's publication Tuesday in the scientific journal PLOS (Public Library of Science) One.
"That's part of getting science out to the public, to get attention. I don't think that's so wrong," Hurum said.
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