Thursday, May 21, 2009

Missing link found; one less thing to worry about

Have you heard about Ida? Said to be the missing link of evolution.

The New York Times says we'll see about that, as is so often true:
But despite a television teaser campaign with the slogan “This changes everything” and comparisons to the moon landing and the Kennedy assassination, the significance of this discovery may not be known for years. An article to be published on Tuesday in PLoS ONE, a scientific journal, will report more prosaically that the scientists involved said the fossil could be a “stem group” that was a precursor to higher primates, with the caveat, “but we are not advocating this.”


Anonymous said...

So we are being told we descend from Lemur's?? Well, at least they are cute little fuzzy marsupials. I'm no scientist, but this one really stretches my imagination to the limit.

Lucid Idiocy said...

This skeleton has opposable thumbs and forward set eyes.

So it's got that going for it, which is nice.