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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".
Researchers say proof of this transitional species finally confirms Charles Darwin's theory of evolution, and the then radical, outlandish ideas he came up with
Originally posted by AllexxisF1
Great to finally after these few days to see a picture of Ida and she looks beautiful.
Wow what a great discovery.
Today really is a great day.
Originally posted by octotom
In another thread, about this same topic, it was said that this fossil was discovered three years ago in Germany. If this is such a big deal, why wasn't it released three years ago. Also, it if was found in Germany and this is the "missing link" there's some explaining that has to be done because, I thought we came from Africa.
Ida was unearthed by an amateur fossil-hunter some 25 years ago in Messel pit, an ancient crater lake near Frankfurt, Germany, famous for its fossils.