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Q: Ida: the Missing Link at Last?
A: For all the headlines and proclamations, this “missing link” story includes an amazing amount of hot air.
A story we first previewed on May 16 has since rocketed to the heights of media hype as a team of scientists reveals “Ida,” the latest and greatest supposed missing link. But does Ida actually support “the evolution of early primates, and, ultimately, modern human beings,” as one news outlet reported?
Another reporter raved, “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.”
Formally identified as Darwinius masillae (in honor of Charles Darwin), the fossil originated in Germany and is purportedly 47 million years old. One scientist gave the find the nickname Ida (after his daughter).
As for a more level-headed explanation of the evolutionary excitement, the Wall Street Journal reports:
Continue reading our response to the news at Ida: the Missing Link at Last? and Ida: the Real Story of this “Scientific Breakthrough”.
News to Note Quick Look
Hyping a lie: The news media has been awash this week in hype over an alleged missing link fossil nicknamed Ida. As it turns out, the fossil wasn’t fraudulent, but the hype definitely was. Read more.
Darwin’s rats: Is this “super rat” an example of evolution in action, or the result of an information-reducing mutation? Read more.
Also: the choice of life, unsolved evolutionary mysteries, look away, and don’t miss . . . . Read more.
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