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2009-10-22 06:15:00

When scientists announced in May the discovery of a fossil which showed an evolutionary "missing link" between humans and apes, experts were skeptical the fossil was even a close human relative. A new analysis reported in Thursday's issue of the journal Nature further supports these doubts, finding instead that the fossil, dubbed Ida, is about as far removed from the monkey-ape-human ancestry as a primate could be. Ida is the skeleton of a 47 million-year-old creature discovered in...

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2009-05-28 10:28:26

Norwegian paleontologist Jorn Hurum says he paid nearly $750,000 for Ida the fossil, which he suspects is an evolutionary missing link. Hurum said he had no regrets regarding his purchase of the controversial fossil from an amateur collector, who had kept the fossil in a basement for 25 years since it was initially discovered in Germany in 1983, The Times of London said Thursday. It's the only near-complete fossil primate ever found. There is absolutely nothing like it, said Hurum, who took...


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  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
This word is partly Irish in origin.