Creation v. Evolution Watch: The “Archaeopteryx of Primate Evolution” Found, Says New York Times Today

Yet another primate “missing link” showing evidence of the types of evolved characteristics that ultimately led to the appearance of humans. The small mammal is, apparently, exquisitely preserved, looks like a cross between a lemur and a monkey, and lived 47 million years ago, during the Eocene period, the New York Times reports today.

Money quote: 

Speaking by telephone from Norway, Dr. Hurum recalled: “I realized at first it’s a primate. It just screams primate: opposable big toes and thumbs, no evidence of claws. This is like the Archaeopteryx of primate evolution.”

The scientists estimated that the primate was about 9 months old, the equivalent of a 6-year-old human. At maturity they suggest that it would have weighed two pounds and been two feet long, most of it tail. It had a broken left wrist, healing at the time of death, and may have drowned in the volcanic lake at Messel. It was, the researchers said, something like a combination “lemur monkey.”

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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