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'Missing Link' Ida Is Just Media Hype
ICR ^ | May 20, 2009 | Christine Dao

Posted on 05/20/2009 7:58:38 PM PDT by GodGunsGuts

'Missing Link' Ida Is Just Media Hype

by Christine Dao*

Scientists and media outlets around the world are praising “Ida,” the primate fossil hailed as the long-sought-after “missing link” in the human evolutionary theory.

In a major public relations campaign, Ida was unveiled in New York City yesterday, May 19, 2009, and will make a stop in London May 26 before returning to its owners at the University of Oslo’s Natural History Museum. BBC1 will air a documentary based on the fossil the same day as its UK unveiling, and Little, Brown—publisher of the popular Twilight fiction series—put out a book about the find today. Even Internet search engine Google posted a special banner in Ida’s honor.

But despite the hype, a whirlwind of questions still surrounds the discovery. First, the environment in which the fossil was kept for 20 years is unclear. Ida, who bears the technical name Darwinius masillae in honor of this year’s 200th anniversary of British naturalist Charles Darwin’s birth, was found in 1983 by an amateur fossil hunter at Germany’s Messel Pit. He kept it in unknown conditions before deciding to sell it through a dealer two years ago.

Second, the purchaser’s stated motivation for obtaining the fossil seemed to emphasize business over research. University of Oslo paleontologist Jørn Hurum nicknamed the fossil “Ida” after his own small daughter and told UK news outlet The Guardian, “You need an icon or two in a museum to drag people in…this is our Mona Lisa and it will be our Mona Lisa for the next 100 years.”1 Hurum purchased the fossil for an undisclosed sum from the dealer based on seeing only three photographs and not the actual fossil, a “huge gamble” that suggests pressure to make some kind of return on the university’s investment.

Third, the fossil was hailed as humanity’s missing evolutionary link before the technical details of the find were published. This strategy effectively prevented the scientific community from evaluating the data and possibly calling a halt to the campaign on account of the fact that Ida has no transitional features and is therefore irrelevant to the evolutionary hypothesis of human development. Paleontologists are speaking out, but their voices are thus far being drowned out by the hype. Richard Kay from Duke University told Science that “the data is cherry-picked.”2

Ida, though an amazingly well-preserved fossil, will prove to be another Lucy, Java Man, Archaeopteryx, Confuciusornis, Pakicetus, and Eosimias. It will undoubtedly join the growing collection of fossils that were once thought to be missing links, but that upon further study turned out to be extinct creatures with no transitional features.

Look for more news soon on detailed analyses of Ida from ICR.

References

  1. Randerson, J. Fossil Ida: extraordinary find is ‘missing link’ in human evolution. The Guardian. Posted on guardian.co.uk May 19, 2009, accessed May 19, 2009.
  2. Gibbons, A. “Revolutionary” Fossil Fails to Dazzle Paleontologists. ScienceNOW Daily News. Posted on sciencenow.sciencemag.org May 19, 2009, accessed May 20, 2009.

Image Credit: PLoS

* Ms. Dao is Assistant Editor at the Institute for Creation Research.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: creation; darwiniusmasillae; evolution; godsgravesglyphs; goodgodimnutz; ida; intelligentdesign; science

1 posted on 05/20/2009 7:58:38 PM PDT by GodGunsGuts
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To: Finny; vladimir998; Coyoteman; allmendream; LeGrande; GunRunner; cacoethes_resipisco; ...

Ping!


2 posted on 05/20/2009 7:59:27 PM PDT by GodGunsGuts
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To: GodGunsGuts

I still think Joe Biden is the missing link


3 posted on 05/20/2009 8:02:02 PM PDT by shadeaud ("If you can't beat them, arrange to have them beaten." -- George Carlin st)
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To: GodGunsGuts
"Scientists and media outlets around the world are praising 'Ida' "

I caught the media part, but what scientist has had any part in this?

4 posted on 05/20/2009 8:13:46 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (The beginning of the O'Bummer administration looks a lot like the end of the Nixon administration)
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To: GodGunsGuts

If it’s all media hype, how are you going to complain about the evil scientists?


5 posted on 05/20/2009 8:16:48 PM PDT by tacticalogic (w)
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To: shadeaud

“I still think Joe Biden is the missing link”

Nope... Donald Trumps’ hair is.


6 posted on 05/20/2009 8:33:55 PM PDT by Gordon Greene (www.fracturedrepublic.com - Jesus said, "I am THE way, THE truth and THE life." Any questions?)
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To: GodGunsGuts
Ida's great, great, great, great, great, great (etc., etc., etc., ) grandson:



7 posted on 05/20/2009 8:34:16 PM PDT by shibumi (" ..... then we will fight in the shade.")
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To: GodGunsGuts

Thanks for the ping!


8 posted on 05/20/2009 8:34:28 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: tacticalogic

“If it’s all media hype, how are you going to complain about the evil scientists?”

For the second day in a row, I agree with you... this is getting a little annoying.

I was thinking the same thing here. It’s hard to have a rallyying cry around something that was never much of one in the first place... you guys have much stronger arguments for your side when the proof is more vague. This was obvious hype from the get-go. A neat little trinket; a fine piece of artwork, even a great little bit of history... but hype nonetheless.


9 posted on 05/20/2009 8:37:17 PM PDT by Gordon Greene (www.fracturedrepublic.com - Jesus said, "I am THE way, THE truth and THE life." Any questions?)
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To: GodGunsGuts

One article I read had a quote saying this was a ‘great-great-grandaunt’ rather than a ‘great-great-grandmother.’ So they are already admitting it is not an actual transition form despite the sensationalized headlines. The trunk of the evolutionary tree is perpetually missing.


10 posted on 05/20/2009 8:41:25 PM PDT by Liberty1970 (Democrats are not in control. God is. And Thank God for that!)
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To: GodGunsGuts
Reinforcement for this position
11 posted on 05/20/2009 8:42:14 PM PDT by LiteKeeper (When do the impeachment proceedings begin?)
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To: GodGunsGuts

It is only a kangaroo skeleton, look at it closley.


12 posted on 05/20/2009 8:45:11 PM PDT by Uncle George
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To: Gordon Greene

The scientists don’t even agree on it being a “missing link”, so you can’t even get a good conspiracy theory going out of it.


13 posted on 05/20/2009 8:49:07 PM PDT by tacticalogic (w)
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To: Liberty1970


14 posted on 05/20/2009 8:49:54 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (America's Independent Party - 'partisans only for the truth' - www.AIPNEWS.com)
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To: editor-surveyor

From what I gather, there are some scientists pushing the idea the Ida is the “missing link.” But many are skeptical, and some of the scientists who aree involved in the team that is studying Ida have complained that they felt pressured by the media and Ida’s handlers to call it the missing link. As usual, this thing will blow up in their faces.


15 posted on 05/20/2009 9:06:40 PM PDT by GodGunsGuts
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To: LiteKeeper

Thanks, I like AiG’s link because it goes into a bit more depth.


16 posted on 05/20/2009 9:08:59 PM PDT by GodGunsGuts
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To: shibumi

LOL...You can see why guys like him confuse the Evos!


17 posted on 05/20/2009 9:10:15 PM PDT by GodGunsGuts
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To: Liberty1970

Excellent point! Needless to say, this so-called missing link will blow up in their faces just like all the others.


18 posted on 05/20/2009 9:11:25 PM PDT by GodGunsGuts
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To: GodGunsGuts
Missing Link Portrait
19 posted on 05/20/2009 9:17:10 PM PDT by jongaltsr (Hope to See ya in Galt's Gulch.)
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20 posted on 05/20/2009 9:17:26 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/____________________ Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: jongaltsr; All

OK, where’s the obligatory shot of Helen Thomas????????


21 posted on 05/20/2009 9:38:29 PM PDT by Southbound ("A liar in public life is worse than a full-paid-up Communist, and I don't care who he is." - HST)
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To: GodGunsGuts

I say again, this whole deal is preposterous. “Ida” is a stinking monkey and the problem with human evolution is at the top of the chain and not at the bottom (with monkeys). The neanderthal has been ruled out as a plausible human ancestor by DNA studies and all other hominids were further removed from us THAN the neanderthal. That leaves nothing on this planet we could be descended FROM via any process resembling evolution. They’d need some new hominid, closer to us in both time and morphology THAN the neanderthal and the works and remains of such a thing would be all over the map and very easy to find if it had ever existed.


22 posted on 05/21/2009 7:26:18 AM PDT by varmintman
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To: varmintman

And let’s not forget that all the other upposedly ‘closely’ related evoltionary species were dated something significantly less than

47

MILLION

YEARS

AGO!!!


23 posted on 05/21/2009 10:33:17 AM PDT by BrandtMichaels
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To: BrandtMichaels

upposedly = supposedly

or I guess it could be opposedly...


24 posted on 05/21/2009 10:34:19 AM PDT by BrandtMichaels
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To: GodGunsGuts
Warning!
This is a Meta-article that contains
no site-specific scientific data or research whatsoever
and is produced by a member of an obscure, unrecognized, non-scientific
internet group attempting to pass off his/her agenda as scholarly.
They are not constituted to provide proof of Creationism but instead
merely to snipe snidely and spam the internet with their Trollisms.
Buyer Beware!

25 posted on 05/21/2009 3:44:58 PM PDT by DoctorMichael (Creationists on the internet: The Ignorant, amplifying the Stupid.)
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To: DoctorMichael
That means alot coming from a brainwashed Darwood-drone. LOL!

Now that you have completed your obligatory mantra, you may now return to pooring milk over your derwood-idols, "Dr." Michael.


26 posted on 05/21/2009 3:59:50 PM PDT by GodGunsGuts
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