Scientists Unveil Missing Link In Evolution [Excerpts]
Scientists have unveiled a 47-million-year-old fossilised skeleton of a monkey hailed as the missing link in human evolution.
The search for a direct connection between humans and the rest of the animal kingdom has taken 200 years - but it was presented to the world today at a special news conference in New York.
The discovery of the 95%-complete 'lemur monkey' - dubbed Ida - is described by experts as the "eighth wonder of the world".
They say its impact on the world of palaeontology will be "somewhat like an asteroid falling down to Earth".
Researchers say proof of this transitional species finally confirms Charles Darwin's theory of evolution, and the then radical, outlandish ideas he came up with during his time aboard the Beagle.
Sir David Attenborough said Darwin "would have been thrilled" to have seen the fossil - and says it tells us who we are and where we came from.
When [the lead scientist] first saw…the "most beautiful fossil worldwide" - he could not sleep for two days.
(Alex Watts, “Scientists Unveil Missing Link In Evolution,” Sky News Online, UK, Tuesday May 19, 2009).
[TBC: One very easily loses track of how many times the “missing link” has been discovered, only to be shown to be yet one more primate with no connection to humanity. It is instructive that what is said in this article reveals the dishonesty of earlier assertions. For example, “Researchers say proof of this transitional species finally confirms Charles Darwin's theory of evolution, and the then radical, outlandish ideas he came up with during his time aboard the Beagle.” Yet, how many evolutionists chant the mantra, “evolution is an established fact!” It clearly is not. That’s what they are admitting.
It yet remains to be seen what will eventually discredit this “discovery,” a discovery met with what sounds like religious fervor, judging by the comments of the lead scientist. When he first saw “the most beautiful fossil in the world,” he was so enraptured that “he could not sleep for two days.”]