posted on May, 16 2009 @ 02:36 PM
I can certainly see how this is big news to scientists and paleontologists... but... why make a documentary about it, or hype the discovery...
especially if that's what the History Channel hype is about? I guess I don't see where Joe Six-Pack or Mr. Jones in the Fast Lane would really care
too much about the subject. The only "missing link" the TV watching masses would really care about would be the link from Ape to Man, of which
we've already found plenty of possible candidates. Once we've been linked to the animal kingdom through clear line of descent - then really, to
them, it's kind of moot.
I haven't looked at any of the information yet, if it's out, but I will after posting here. My impression of a quick glance-over is that it's a
basal form of either a monkey or primate. But the thing is... there's more missing links in direct human lineage than we can reasonably expect to
ever find. It's about as relevant to the every-day viewer as finding a basal form of therapsida (mammal-like reptiles).
Tiktallik was a far more impressive find, simply because it was a clear transitional fossil from a highly contended (for some) time period - the
transition from sea to land, from fish to amphibians. I don't think it even got this much press. Hell, the first I heard about it was during
Kitzmiller vs. Dover.
Don't get me wrong, I'm definitely excited about the find. I'm just taken a bit aback by how much people outside of the Scientific community seem
to be taking an interest in it, or thinking their viewing audience will take an interest in it.
If this is the revelation in that History Channel special, then I have to wonder how many people are going to get a few minuits into it and ask...
"Hur der der... they bumped my Ice Road Truckers for this?!?" Or whatever, you know what I'm saying.
Anyhow, off to see if I can dig up any info.