A monkey's uncle? Nope – Ida only a distant relative

“Remember Ida, the fossil discovery announced last May with its own book and TV documentary?” asks this article by Malcolm Ritter in an Associated Press article.


21 Oct 09 – Ida, a skeleton of a 47 million-year-old cat-sized creature called Darwinius, starred in a book “The Link: Uncovering Our Earliest Ancestor.”

A publicity blitz called Ida “the link” that would reveal the earliest evolutionary roots of monkeys, apes and humans.

However, a new analysis shows that “Ida is as far removed from the monkey-ape-human ancestry as a primate could be,” says Ritter.

Darwinius does not belong in the same primate category as monkeys, apes and humans. Instead, it falls into a different major grouping, which includes lemurs.

I wonder if Ida died at, or near, a magnetic reversal?

See entire article:
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/091021/science/science_us_sci_controversial_fossil_1

Thanks to Brent Mayhew for this link

“Thank you so much for all the work you do,” says Brent. “We all owe you a huge thanks for keeping the sanity alive in this crazy world.”


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