Posts Tagged ‘missing link’

New Fossil Primate Suggests Common Asian Ancestor, Challenges Primates Such As ‘Ida’

Amusing?, Church of Darwin, Science, Uncategorized | Posted by Chris Parker
Jul 01 2009


Photo: Google takes sides.

After the orchestrated hype for the fossil “IDA”, including coordinated media announcements, scientific publication of the main article, a media rich website, timed press conferences, History Channel hype and the release of the BBC film; “The Link”, even some evolutionists were underwhelmed and unconvinced. Here’s a quote from the blog of one such unhappy evolutionary consumer:

“Having seen ‘The Link’ documentary on the BBC last night, about the fossil Ida, I’m surprised there aren’t a lot more creationists out there than there already are. If that is the best film the best brains can make on what is, whichever way you slice it, a milestone in palaeontology, archaeology, anthropology and a human understanding of our ancestral history, we’re doomed.

It was dumbed down and scant on the facts. Plenty of artistic interpretations and fancy computer modelling, but little by way of actual explanations. Based upon the available evidence, though I’m sure it was, it wasn’t explained in the film how we know what we know. It was exactly the kind of thin on the detail story telling which fuels the imagination of those who are already predisposed to fairy-tales to submit that there are two equally valid sides to the creation story, when we know that there is only one which carries any real weight of evidence.” Jim Gardner on May 27, 2009, How Good Is That? Blog

While it’s certainly true that “creationists” never bought into the hype on “Ida”, the most prominent detractors of the “missing link” hype have been other evolutionists. In an article we saw published in Science Daily, referring to an article published by the Proceedings of the Royal Society, the authors say that the hype around Ida is “hogwash” (our interpretation). They propose their own “missing link”.

Stand out of the way and let the evolutionists speak;…..s8int.com

A major focus of recent paleoanthropological research has been to establish the origin of anthropoid primates (monkeys, apes and humans) from earlier and more primitive primates known as prosimians (lemurs, tarsiers and their extinct relatives). Prior to recent discoveries in China, Thailand, and Myanmar, most scientists believed that anthropoids originated in Africa. Earlier this year, the discovery of the fossil primate skeleton known as “Ida” from the Messel oil shale pit in Germany led some scientists to suggest that anthropoid primates evolved from lemur-like ancestors known as adapiforms.

According to Dr. Chris Beard–– a paleontologist at Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and a member of the international team of researchers behind the Myanmar anthropoid findings––the new primate, Ganlea megacanina, shows that early anthropoids originated in Asia rather than Africa. These early Asian anthropoids differed radically from adapiforms like Ida, indicating that Ida is more closely related to modern lemurs than it is to monkeys, apes and humans

Click Here to Read the Full Article from Science Daily

Worshipping the Creature: Fossil Ida: Extraordinary Find is ‘Missing Link’ in ‘Human Evolution’?

Church of Darwin, s8int.com, Science, Uncategorized | Posted by Chris Parker
May 20 2009

“Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.

Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. Rom. 1 KJV

A few years ago, National Geographic got the hype machine going on about “Archaeoraptor”, the supposed “missing link” between dinosaurs and birds.

Storrs L. Olson, Curator of Birds at the Smithsonian (and evolutionist) protested:

“The idea of feathered dinosaurs and the theropod origin of birds is being actively promulgated by a cadre of zealous scientists acting in concert with certain editors at Nature and National Geographic who themselves have become outspoken and highly biased proselytizers of the faith.

Truth and careful scientific weighing of evidence have been among the first casualties in their program, which is now fast becoming one of the grander scientific hoaxes of our age—the paleontological equivalent of cold fusion.”

Archaeoraptor turned out to be a hoax; two fossils glued together for profit from the gullible). Undaunted, National Geographic has the hype machine pumped up for “Ida”, a fossil about the size of a brown lunch bag which is “hailed” as the missing link” between today’s higher primates – monkeys, apes and humans – and more distant relatives.

Again, this time its evolutionists who are the first to question the hype–and even the description of the fossil as a “mising link”…..s8int.com

Fossil Ida: extraordinary find is ‘missing link’ in human evolutionPerfectly preserved fossil Ida, unveiled in New York today, provides unprecedented insight into our ancestry
James Randerson guardian.co.uk, Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Scientists have discovered an exquisitely preserved ancient primate fossil that they believe forms a crucial “missing link” between our own evolutionary branch of life and the rest of the animal kingdom.

The 47m-year-old primate – named Ida – has been hailed as the fossil equivalent of a “Rosetta Stone” for understanding the critical early stages of primate evolution.

The top-level international research team, who have studied her in secret for the past two years, believe she is the most complete and best preserved primate fossil ever uncovered. The skeleton is 95% complete and thanks to the unique location where she died, it is possible to see individual hairs covering her body and even the make-up of her final meal – a last vegetarian snack.

“This little creature is going to show us our connection with the rest of all the mammals; with cows and sheep, and elephants and anteaters,” said Sir David Attenborough who is narrating a BBC documentary on the find. “The more you look at Ida, the more you can see, as it were, the primate in embryo.”

“This will be the one pictured in the textbooks for the next hundred years,” said Dr Jørn Hurum, the palaeontologist from Oslo University’s Natural History Museum who assembled the scientific team to study the fossil. “It tells a part of our evolution that’s been hidden so far. It’s been hidden because the only [other] specimens are so incomplete and so broken there’s nothing almost to study.” The fossil has been formally named Darwinius masillae in honour of Darwin’s 200th birthday year.

It has been shipped across the Atlantic for an unveiling ceremony hosted by the mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg today. There is even talk of Ida being the first non-living thing to feature on the front cover of People magazine.

She will then be transported back to Oslo, via a brief stop at the Natural History Museum in London on Tuesday, 26 May, when Attenborough will host a press conference.

Ida was originally discovered by an amateur fossil hunter in the summer of 1983 at Messel pit, a world renowned fossil site near Darmstadt in Germany. He kept it under wraps for over 20 years before deciding to sell it via a German fossil dealer called Thomas Perner. It was Perner who approached Hurum two years ago.

“My heart started beating extremely fast,” said Hurum, “I knew that the dealer had a world sensation in his hands. I could not sleep for 2 nights. I was just thinking about how to get this to an official museum so that it could be described and published for science.” Hurum would not reveal what the university museum paid for the fossil, but the original asking price was $1m. He did not see the fossil before buying it – just three photographs, representing a huge gamble.

But it appears to have paid off. “You need an icon or two in a museum to drag people in,” said Hurum, “this is our Mona Lisa and it will be our Mona Lisa for the next 100 years.”

Click Here for Remainder of Article from Guardian.co.uk