May 20th, 2009 13:34 EST
Missing Link Found?
"The nearly complete and remarkably preserved skeleton of a small, 47 million-year-old creature found in Germany was displayed Tuesday by scientists who said it would help illuminate the evolutionary roots of monkeys, apes and humans.
Experts praised the discovery for the level of detail it provided but said it was far from a breakthrough that would solve the puzzles of early evolution.
About the size of a small cat, the animal has four legs and a long tail. Nobody is claiming that it`s a direct ancestor of monkeys and humans, but it provides a good indication of what a long-ago ancestor may have looked like, researchers said at a news conference."
The Associated Press
The fossil is officially known as Darwinius masillae, but its more fun to refer to it as the missing link.
There is no truth to the rumor that the "missing link" bears a striking resemblance to Rush Limbaugh. It resembles a lizard more than it does a monkey or a human being.
Although it`s not the missing link that scientists have been searching for for decades, it`s a remarkably well preserved fossil that will add to the mountain of evidence that evolution is real.
Of course fundamentalist Christians will remain unconvinced, it`s far easier to swallow the myths of creation than to study the facts of science.
Although the fossil is not the Holy Grail of evolution, it has captured the attention of people all over the world. The missing link is such a hot topic that for today Google has incorporated an image of the missing link into its logo.
Folks we aren`t talking a Montauk Monster type hoax, this is an important scientific discovery and it deserves a lot of attention from the media.
The fossil has been nicknamed "Ida", and I hope that for the next few days she will be getting more press coverage than Lindsay Lohan, Britney Spears, Paris Hilton and Amy Winehouse.