Feast your eyes on what a group of scientists call the Holy Grail of human evolution.
A team of researchers Tuesday unveiled an almost perfectly intact fossil of a 47 million-year-old primate they say represents the long-sought missing link between humans and apes.
As an avowed skeptic, I don’t get too worked up when I read this type of stuff in the mainstream media. Google actually linked to this story via its daily custom created banner. The story is just a little too breathless for me. It could also be that it’s not surprising to me. I expected, and still expect, to read news of discoveries like this, because Evolution is fact, and if you believe that it is, these discoveries will be inevitable.
On the other hand, the mainstream media has to be able to sell their news to the general, relatively ignorant public. That’s capitalism, and necessary. The fine nuances of science are not obvious to most people, including me, so Google does a service by making this discovery so front-and-center prominent. Millions of people will be clicking on Google today, and if even a small percentage of them click past the banner, as I did, and read the story, human knowledge has been advanced. I’m certainly not complaining.
PZ Myers has a nice post on it, explaining its importance to our knowledge of evolution. Check it out.
I’m particually impressed that they named it after Darwin, too