Windsor Humanist Society

May 17, 2009

Primate Fossil Could Be Key Link in Evolution

Filed under: The Sciences — moderator @ 9:26 am

Young Female Had Thumbs, Fingernails, May Have Walked

By NED POTTERnm_evolution_090516_mn

May 16, 2009

Scientists say a 47-million-year-old fossil found in Germany may be a key link to explain the evolution of modern human beings.

The fossil, of a young female that probably resembled a modern-day lemur, is described as “the most complete primate fossil ever found.” It is small — with a body about the size of a raccoon — but it has characteristics that suggest a relationship both to primates and humans.

It has, among other things, opposable thumbs, similar to humans’ and unlike those found on other modern mammals. It has fingernails instead of claws. And scientists say they believe there is evidence it was able to walk on its hind legs.

Continue here… http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/story?id=7603618&page=1

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1 Comment »

  1. Hmmm…..looks like a lemur…..opposable thumbs like a lemur….

    How is this anything but a variation on the modern lemur? If anything, it’s just more of the same from the primate family.

    There’s really nothing that screams “I could be a human one day!” about this poor little guy.

    Comment by kreitsauce — May 20, 2009 @ 12:02 am | Reply


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