Fossil find may be monkey, human ancestor

 

The fossil remains of a 47-million-year-old animal, named Ida, was unveiled at the American Museum of Natural History as the possible missing link, in New York on May 19, 2009. It is said to be an extremely early primate that is close to the start of the evolutionary branch leading to monkeys and humans. (UPI Photo/HO)

The fossil remains of a 47-million-year-old animal, named 'Ida', was unveiled at the American Museum of Natural History as the possible 'missing link', in New York on May 19, 2009. It is said to be an extremely early primate that is close to the start of the evolutionary branch leading to monkeys and humans. (UPI Photo/HO)

ANN ARBOR, Mich., May 18 (UPI) — A University of Michigan professor says the discovery of a 47 million-year-old fossil may be from a primate species related to humans, apes and monkeys.

 

Michigan paleontology Professor Philip Gingeric, who also serves as the president-elect of the Paleontological Society of the United States, said the newly discovered fossil also supports the adapidtheory of evolution, The Wall Street Journal said Monday.

A major ongoing evolutionary debate is focused on whether humans descended from an ape-like group called the tarsidae, the known descendants of the modern Asian primate tarsier, or the adapidae, whose modern descendant is Madagascar’s lemur.

Gingeric said the new fossil offers evidence for the latter and traditionally less accepted theory.

“This discovery brings a forgotten group into focus as a possible ancestor of higher primates,” Gingeric said of the archeological find.

Gingeric said the fossil, which will go on display next Tuesday at New York City’s American Museum of Natural History, is of a young female adapid.

The Journal said the fossilized skeleton of the ancient primate was found near Frankfurt, Germany, in the Messel Shale Pit.

http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2009/05/18/Fossil-find-may-be-monkey-human-ancestor/UPI-19881242660948/

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