Wednesday, February 3, 2010

The Link (Ida Fossil)

Scientists have discovered the oldest and most complete fossil of a human ancestor.


An incredible 95 percent complete fossil of a 47-million-year-old human ancestor dubbed Ida has been discovered and, after two years of secret study, an international team of scientists has revealed it to the world. The fossil’s remarkable state of preservation allows an unprecedented glimpse into early human evolution. Discovered in Messel Pit, Germany, it represents the moment before anthropoid primates (the group that would later evolve into humans, apes and monkeys) began to split from lemurs and other prosimian primates. This groundbreaking discovery fills in a critical gap in human and primate evolution.

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