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VIDEO: Scientists hail stunning fossil
.bbc ^ | Tuesday, 19 May 2009 | Christine McGourty

Posted on 05/19/2009 2:29:11 PM PDT by JoeProBono

The beautifully preserved remains of a 47-million-year-old, lemur-like creature have been unveiled in the US. The preservation is so good, it is possible to see the outline of its fur and even traces of its last meal. The fossil, nicknamed Ida, is claimed to be a "missing link" between today's higher primates - monkeys, apes and humans - and more distant relatives. But some independent experts, awaiting an opportunity to see the new fossil, are sceptical of the claim. And they have been critical of the hype surrounding the presentation of Ida. The fossil was launched amid great fanfare at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, by the city's mayor.

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TOPICS: Pets/Animals; Science
KEYWORDS: afradapis; archaeology; darwiniusmasillae; evolution; fossil; godsgravesglyphs; ida; longicristatus; lotsofifs; missinglink; science
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1 posted on 05/19/2009 2:29:12 PM PDT by JoeProBono
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To: JoeProBono

ping for home


2 posted on 05/19/2009 2:34:43 PM PDT by unkus
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To: JoeProBono

Chupacabra


3 posted on 05/19/2009 2:37:34 PM PDT by Shermy ("The whole world has financed the United States, ...they have a reciprocal debt with the planet.")
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To: JoeProBono

It looks like an H.R. Geiger painting.


4 posted on 05/19/2009 2:38:05 PM PDT by TheWasteLand
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To: JoeProBono

It’s about time they found one of them critters! Ya never know, could involve fraud.


5 posted on 05/19/2009 2:38:23 PM PDT by campaignPete R-CT
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PAID for by which media? I’m not buying...been fooled so often by Java Man, Nebraska man....science in these dept’s is SO politically motivated... I think we need to let the jury listen to a hard case of defense attorney, before the skeptics.


6 posted on 05/19/2009 2:42:22 PM PDT by rovenstinez
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Chupacabra
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LOL


7 posted on 05/19/2009 2:42:56 PM PDT by unkus
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To: JoeProBono
"The beautifully preserved remains of a 47-million-year-old, lemur-like creature have been unveiled in the US. The preservation is so good, it is possible to see the outline of its fur and even traces of its last meal.The fossil, nicknamed Ida, is claimed to be a "missing link" between today's higher primates - monkeys, apes and humans - and more distant relatives."

An interesting post, but I'd be inclined to name a fossil who looked like a lemur Nancy.


8 posted on 05/19/2009 2:48:01 PM PDT by VR-21 (The election of Barack Obama was a hate crime.)
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To: JoeProBono
In addition, Ida bears "a close resemblance to ourselves" he said, with nails instead of claws, a grasping hand and an opposable thumb - like humans and some other primates. But he said some aspects of the teeth indicate she is not a direct ancestor - more of an "aunt" than a "grandmother".

Bull excrement! 'She' does not have opposable thumbs...she has opposable toes! Just like modern appes. What a load of crap.

9 posted on 05/19/2009 2:49:39 PM PDT by pgkdan ( I miss Ronald Reagan!)
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I’m glad they found a well preserved cousin of ours. But are there not many “missing links” between the species? Would the “missing link” more properly be that which sets us apart from all the other primates? In the user’s manual it says that the “image and likeness of God” is that distinguishing difference. If you look around at our world with open eyes, you see that the ability to know (the image of God) and the ability to love (the likeness of God) are what completely characterize man and set him apart from all of his wonderful neighbors. It’s all right there in the user’s manual. I do hope Adam will forgive those who deny his paternity. I am sure Adam enjoyed the company and intelligence of his primate cousins. However, without the gift of reason, they remained monkeys.


10 posted on 05/19/2009 2:50:37 PM PDT by blackpacific
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To: JoeProBono

Very interesting


11 posted on 05/19/2009 2:51:04 PM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: JoeProBono

Evolutionists are laughably desperate.


12 posted on 05/19/2009 2:53:40 PM PDT by stinkerpot65 (Global warming is a Marxist lie.)
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To: pgkdan

hmmm. Apes’ thumbs are really toes? I’d like to hear more about the philosophy of thumbs. please.


13 posted on 05/19/2009 2:56:41 PM PDT by campaignPete R-CT
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I have lived long enough to be skeptical of such hyperbole. I cannot begin to count the number of times scientist have found the missing link only to be proven false. Anyone that believes that scientists are objective observers have never been around any scientists.
14 posted on 05/19/2009 2:58:40 PM PDT by Nosterrex
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Extremely well said. Thank you blackpacific.


15 posted on 05/19/2009 3:00:58 PM PDT by unkus
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black,
this would be the first of its kind, so that is why it is ‘missing’. 47M was so long ago, the fossil record is poor.

it would be the link between lemurs and primates. Only exciting for those who are into the lemur thing.


16 posted on 05/19/2009 3:01:17 PM PDT by campaignPete R-CT
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To: JoeProBono

It may well be Obama’s missing link, but it sure aint’ mine.


17 posted on 05/19/2009 3:12:39 PM PDT by Bullish ( Reality is the best cure for delusion.)
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To: TheWasteLand
Yup or:

robert-conett


18 posted on 05/19/2009 3:14:35 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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This little critter is tiny. The real beauty of the find is the intricacy of the details. It reveals what scientists view as a link between Lemur and Ape. How that qualifies as a link between Ape and Homonid/Human is...well...completely unapparent. Unless, of course, one buys into the ASSUMPTION of a link between Lemurs and Humans. Then, it fits in nicely. Wow! Another missing link! Why are they always 40 to 50 million years old?


19 posted on 05/19/2009 3:31:17 PM PDT by downtownconservative (As Obama lies, liberty dies!)
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downtown, it sure is exciting and it is a missing link. But you are correct that it really has nothing to do with human origins, per se. It’s the lemur thing, ya know?


20 posted on 05/19/2009 3:44:37 PM PDT by campaignPete R-CT
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