Saturday, March 6, 2010

UT researcher among those challenging 'missing link'

47 million-year-old primate fossil is actually an ancestor to lemurs, not humans, researchers say.

Hollywood-like touches accompanied last year's announcement of a 47 million-year-old primate fossil as a possible "missing link" in the evolution of humans.

Researchers presented their findings about the gem known as Darwinius masillae at a movie premiere-like news conference at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. A book and a History Channel documentary — both called "The Link" — followed.

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