John on October 22, 2009 at 11:31 pm
Back when the “missing link” was announced the NY Times wisely wrote a piece focusing on the hype as much as the discovery. I was sympathetic and wrote that, at best, it was the 2nd biggest science story of the week.
Turns out that was the right call:
Darwinius masillae, the primitive primate that was unveiled to the world with huge fanfare and a Sir David Attenborough documentary in May, seems now to have been less of a missing link than an evolutionary dead end. Far from being an ancestor to humans, the lemur-like creature from 47 million years ago belongs to an entirely different branch of the primate family tree that has left no known descendants, research has indicated.
[HT: Hot Air headlines]
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