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Planet Earth

Meet 'Ida': Our 47 Million Year Old Ancestor

The IntersectionBy Sheril KirshenbaumMay 19, 2009 10:30 PM

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Today an international team of scientists announced the discovery of a 47 million year old human ancestor found in the Messel Pit, Germany. The European fossil is 95% complete, providing the most comprehensive understanding of the paleobiology of any Eocene primate yet. Named 'Ida,' she was a young female with opposable big toes and a talus bone linking her directly to humans. Read the full article available free at PLoS ONE...

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