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Missing Link found
« on: May 20, 2009, 06:48:34 am »
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Ida was preserved in Germany?s Messel Pit, a mile-wide crater containing oil-rich shale that is a significant site for fossils of the Eocene Epoch. Opposable big toes and nail-bearing tips on the fingers and toes confirm that the fossil is a primate, and a foot bone called the talus bone links Ida directly to humans, Hurum said.

The fossil also preserved the primate's gut contents, including fruits, seeds and leaves. X-rays reveal both baby and adult teeth, plus the lack of a "toothcomb" or a "grooming claw," which is an attribute of lemurs (which are also primates, like us, but are considered more primitive and part of a family different from great apes and us).

The scientists estimate that Ida was about 9 months old at death, and measured about 3 feet in length. Her forward-facing eyes are like ours ? which would have enabled her fields of vision to overlap, allowing 3-D vision and an ability to judge distance. She was probably nocturnal, Hurum and his colleagues say.

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Re: Missing Link found
« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2009, 04:44:13 am »
Ya, read it in the news. Very interesting indeed.
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Re: Missing Link found
« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2009, 04:08:36 am »
awesome find indeed - but be careful about the interpretations, and especially about those that turn up in official presentations, in press and tv...

its a plague nowadays that many archeologists/palaeontologists etc try to sell everything as world sensation to get a famous name (= more money) and dont care so much anymore about scientific precision... many simply ignore the facts that dont fit the picture they wanna sell, instead of discussing them properly...

but awesome find nevertheless...

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Re: Missing Link found
« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2009, 08:00:23 am »
Thanks for the thumbs up Lilli...are you anyplace near there?
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Re: Missing Link found
« Reply #4 on: May 22, 2009, 04:40:16 pm »
Thans for the thumbs up Lilli...are you anyplace near there?

nah not exactly near - it's about 600 km from here in the south of germany - but it's a famous site, many extraordinary finds come from there...


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