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Ardipithecus Is Ready For Her Close-Up

The LoomBy Carl ZimmerOct 10, 2009 4:32 PM

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Tomorrow the Discovery Channel will show an Ardipithecus documentary. I've embedded a couple preview clips they've been sending around. I don't have cable myself (the same way an alcoholic doesn't keep cases of gin). So I'll leave it to commenters to offer reviews tomorrow. There's obviously a striking parallel with the TV mania that recently surrounded another primate fossil, Darwinius. Personally, I don't see anything amiss (a priori, at least), with a documentary coming out right after a journal paper gets published. What I don't relish is when the publicity for a show distorts the news coverage of a fossil, as happened with Darwinius. So I'd be curious what people who watch the show think.

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