Posted by: Dan | May 20, 2009

Darwinius masillae

Darwinius masillae

Darwinius masillae

I don’t really have to say much that hasn’t been said. Just read these expert perspectives on the newly unveiled fossil:

Introducing Ida – the great-great-great-great-grandmother (or aunt)

Darwinius masillae

Poor, poor Ida, Or: “Overselling an Adapid”

The Dangerous Link Between Science and Hype

And of course the article itself:

Franzen JL, Gingerich PD, Habersetzer J, Hurum JH, von Koenigswald W, Smith BH (2009) Complete Primate Skeleton from the Middle Eocene of Messel in Germany: Morphology and Paleobiology. PLoS ONE 4(5): e5723.



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  3. I have a photo of this very fossil in a book I purchased 7 years ago. The fossil has been known for almost 20 years.

    The only thing new about it is the annou8ncement of the name.


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