Saturday, May 23, 2009

Ida

An extraordinary 47-million-year-old fossil with features of both lemurs and higher primates (monkeys, apes, humans) has been unveiled. The creature, called Ida (formally Darwinius masillae), represents our ancient departure from the primate group that includes lemurs. Lots of press accompanies the announcement, including this History Channel show, The Link. Check out National Geographic's guide to human evolution. (h/t DJ)

(photographs via PLoS ONE, via nationalgeographic.com)