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47 Million Years Old Ancestor-ScienceDaily

PostPosted: May 19th, 2009, 7:35 pm
by wolfhnd
Common Ancestor Of Humans, Modern Primates? 'Extraordinary' Fossil Is 47 Million Years Old

ScienceDaily (May 19, 2009) — Scientists have found a 47-million-year-old human ancestor. Discovered in Messel Pit, Germany, the fossil, described as Darwinius masillae, is 20 times older than most fossils that explain human evolution.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/20 ... 104643.htm

Revolutionary" Fossil Fails to Dazzle Anthropologists

By Ann Gibbons
ScienceNOW Daily News
19 May 2009
A fossil skeleton touted as a "revolutionary scientific find that will change everything" was unveiled today at a press conference in New York City. With Mayor Michael Bloomberg and filmmakers in attendance, an international team of researchers introduced the world to "Ida," the skeleton of a primate that, the team claims, may be a missing link between primitive primates and humans. But many experts aren't so enthusiastic. "It's an extraordinarily complete, wonderful specimen, but it's not telling us too much that we didn't know before," says paleoanthropologist Elwyn Simons of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.

http://sciencenow.sciencemag.org/cgi/co ... 2009/519/1

Re: 47 Million Years Old Ancestor-ScienceDaily

PostPosted: May 20th, 2009, 5:27 am
by Forest_Dump
It is a great fossil and I expect it will be very informative but it is about 40 million years too old to be taken too seriously as a common link between humans and apes. More like a lemur.

Re: 47 Million Years Old Ancestor-ScienceDaily

PostPosted: May 21st, 2009, 12:34 pm
by DrCloud
Here is a story in Time that provides some perspective. HPH

Re: 47 Million Years Old Ancestor-ScienceDaily

PostPosted: May 21st, 2009, 1:15 pm
by Monkey Man
The full story revealing the significance of the amazing primate fossil Ida can be found at: http://www.revealingthelink.com