Paleontologist Jorn Hurum has the evolutionary world turned on its collective ear as he has released that he and his team have found a 47 million year old fossil, already with the cute name of Ida, that is the missing link in evolutionary theory between human and early primates.
To my disappointment, it looks more like a lemur than a bigfoot.
When they said ‘missing link fossil’, I wanted sasquatch, but what Hurum and his team found may be the creature that bridges the evolutionary split between higher primates such as monkeys, apes, and humans and their more distant relatives such as lemurs.
The fossil was found in Germany’s Messel Pit and is actually a ‘Darwinius masillae’, with grasping hands, opposable thumbs, clawless digits with nails, and relatively short limbs.
Do you know how much more fun this would be if they had found a bigfoot fossil?