The Great Evolutionary Missing Link 'Ida'

Author: Josh Greenberger
Posted: Novenmber 16, 2009

New York Times - May 18, 2009
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"On Tuesday morning, researchers will unveil a 47-million-year-old fossil ['Ida'] they say could revolutionize the understanding of human evolution at a ceremony at the American Museum of Natural History.

"But the event, which will coincide with the publishing of a peer-reviewed article about the find, is the first stop in a coordinated, branded media event, orchestrated by the scientists and the History Channel, including a film detailing the secretive two-year study of the fossil, a book release, an exclusive arrangement with ABC News and an elaborate Web site.

"The specimen, designated Darwinius masillae, is of a monkeylike creature that is remarkably intact: even the contents of its stomach are preserved. The fossil was bought two years ago in Germany by the University of Oslo, and a team of scientists began work on their research. Some of the top paleontologists in the world were involved in the project, and it impressed the chief scientist at the Natural History museum enough to allow the press conference.

"'We would not go forward with this, even in a hosting capacity, unless we had a sense of the scientific importance,' said Michael J. Novacek, the provost of science at the museum.

"'It's the most newsworthy and noteworthy special we've been a part of,' said Nancy Dubuc, the general manager of the History Channel. 'We made a commitment early on to get behind it in a big way: to see it through peer review, and see that it is the media event it should be.'"


Josh Greenberger - New York Post - May 26, 2009
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"The fossil Ida is being used by scientists as an assault on a gullible public.

"One fossil does not represent a transitional species, any more than the remains of a two- headed snake represents a transition of snakes from one head to two heads. They're simply abortions of nature.

"You'd need more than one fossil to represent a species, and you'd need many transitional aberrations that couldn't survive to show an evolutionary process was going on.

"Ida represents the fanciful speculations of a scientific community determined to publicize its biased agenda."


New York Post - October 22, 2009
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"Remember Ida, the fossil discovery announced last May with its own book and TV documentary?

"A publicity blitz called it 'the link' that would reveal the earliest evolutionary roots of monkeys, apes and humans. Experts protested that Ida wasn't even a close relative. And now a new analysis supports their reaction.

"In fact, Ida is as far removed from the monkey-ape-human ancestry as a primate could be, says an expert at Stony Brook University on Long Island.

"Professor Erik Seiffert and his colleagues compared 360 specific anatomical features of 117 living and extinct primate species to draw up a family tree. They report the results in today's issue of the journal Nature.

"Ida is a skeleton of a 47-million- year-old cat-sized creature found in Germany. It starred in a book, 'The Link: Uncovering Our Earliest Ancestor,' and a TV documentary narrated by David Attenborough.

"Ida represents a previously unknown primate species called Darwinius. The scientists who formally announced the finding said they weren't claiming Darwinius was a direct ancestor of monkeys, apes and humans. But they did argue that it belongs in the same major evolutionary grouping, and that it showed what an actual ancestor of that era might have looked like.

"The new analysis says Darwinius does not belong in the same primate category as monkeys, apes and humans.

"Instead, the analysis concluded, it falls into the other major grouping, which includes lemurs.

"The primate skeleton 'Ida,' once called 'the link' to an evolutionary ancestor of humans and apes, turns out not to be even close."



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