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    Scientists Unveil Missing Link In Evolution

    The search for a direct connection between humans and the rest of the animal kingdom has taken 200 years - but it was presented to the world today at a special news conference in New York.

    The discovery of the 95%-complete 'lemur monkey' - dubbed Ida - is described by experts as the "eighth wonder of the world".

    They say its impact on the world of palaeontology will be "somewhat like an asteroid falling down to Earth".
    Missing Link: Scientists In New York Unveil Fossil Of Lemur Monkey Hailed As Man's Earliest Ancestor | World News | Sky News

    Fossil Ida: extraordinary find is 'missing link' human evolution | Science | guardian.co.uk

    If it is what it claims this is a great find for science by helping further prove the evolutionary theory.
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    Re: Scientists Unveil Missing Link In Evolution

    Looks like Satan is at it again, fooling all those stupid scientists by hiding fake bones for them to find.
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    Re: Scientists Unveil Missing Link In Evolution

    Quote Originally Posted by SouthernDemocrat View Post
    Looks like Satan is at it again, fooling all those stupid scientists by hiding fake bones for them to find.
    How could it possibly be older than 5,000 years?

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    Re: Scientists Unveil Missing Link In Evolution

    Obviously these learned men of science have not been to the Creation Museum in Kentucky.



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    Re: Scientists Unveil Missing Link In Evolution

    Even they are not claiming its the 'missing link' Some media is overblowing this.

    Here's a much better article on it-

    In what could prove to be a landmark discovery, a leading paleontologist said scientists have dug up the 47 million-year-old fossil of an ancient primate whose features suggest it could be the common ancestor of all later monkeys, apes and humans.

    Anthropologists have long believed that humans evolved from ancient ape-like ancestors. Some 50 million years ago, two ape-like groups walked the Earth. One is known as the tarsidae, a precursor of the tarsier, a tiny, large-eyed creature that lives in Asia. Another group is known as the adapidae, a precursor of today's lemurs in Madagascar.

    Based on previously limited fossil evidence, one big debate had been whether the tarsidae or adapidae group gave rise to monkeys, apes and humans. The latest discovery bolsters the less common position that our ancient ape-like ancestor was an adapid, the believed precursor of lemurs.


    A fossil discovery suggests humans may be descended from an animal that resembles present-day lemurs like this one.

    Philip Gingerich, president-elect of the Paleontological Society in the U.S., has co-written a paper that will detail next week the latest fossil discovery in Public Library of Science, a peer-reviewed, online journal.

    "This discovery brings a forgotten group into focus as a possible ancestor of higher primates," Mr. Gingerich, a professor of paleontology at the University of Michigan, said in an interview.

    The discovery has little bearing on a separate paleontological debate centering on the identity of a common ancestor of chimps and humans, which could have lived about six million years ago and still hasn't been found. That gap in the evolution story is colloquially referred to as the "missing link" controversy. In reality, though, all gaps in the fossil record are technically "missing links" until filled in, and many scientists say the term is meaningless.

    Nonetheless, the latest fossil find is likely to ignite further the debate between evolutionists who draw conclusions based on a limited fossil record, and creationists who don't believe that humans, monkeys and apes evolved from a common ancestor.
    Fossil Discovery Is Heralded - WSJ.com
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    Duh missing link moved back to Texas JAN 22, 09

    Duh missing link moved back to Texas JAN 22, 09 so dem scientists guys ain't dun found knottin !!! lol
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    Re: Scientists Unveil Missing Link In Evolution

    They've announced possible missing links before only to retract that later. Still, interesting. A lemur!

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    Re: Scientists Unveil Missing Link In Evolution

    Quote Originally Posted by hazlnut View Post
    Damn, early man was hot.

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    Re: Scientists Unveil Missing Link In Evolution

    Quote Originally Posted by talloulou View Post
    They've announced possible missing links before only to retract that later. Still, interesting. A lemur!
    That was the first thing I thought.

    There's always some big claim to fame and then it gets debunked. I'm glad the question is still being researched but I don't think the answer is as simple as finding a skeleton in the dirt and proclaiming victory.

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    Re: Scientists Unveil Missing Link In Evolution

    This find will hopefully prove useful in understanding human evolution and perhaps give us more insight into how humans are formed.

    Its pretty much meaningless on the evolution vs creationism front. If someone isn't convinced by the huge mountain of evidence that already exists, I doubt a single fossil is going to the change that.

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