Thursday, April 13, 2006
'Missing Link' Discovered
No, it's not a Bush joke. 'Missing link' to earliest humans revealed
Scientists have unearthed a set of fossils in the Ethiopian Afar region that they believe is a "missing link" between a primitive ape-like creature that lived more than 4.4 million years ago and a later ape-man who became our own ancestor. [...] Professor Tim White of the University of California, Berkeley, said that the discovery filled a million-year gap in the human fossil record between our ape-man ancestors - the australopithecines - who lived 3.5 million years ago and the even more primitive Ardipithecus. "This new discovery closes the gap between the fully blown Australopithecines and earlier forms we call Ardipithecus. We now know where Australopithecus came from before 4 million years ago," Professor White said.Message to the Discovery Institute: "Neener neener neener!"
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