“This is the first link to all humans,” Hurum, of the Natural History Museum in Oslo, Norway, said in a statement. Ida represents “the closest thing we can get to a direct ancestor.”
Ida, properly known as Darwinius masillae, has a unique anatomy. The lemur-like skeleton features primate-like characteristics, including grasping hands, opposable thumbs, clawless digits with nails, and relatively short limbs.
“This specimen looks like a really early fossil monkey that belongs to the group that includes us,” said Brian Richmond, a biological anthropologist at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., who was not involved in the study.
But there’s a big gap in the fossil record from this time period, Richmond noted. Researchers are unsure when and where the primate group that includes monkeys, apes, and humans split from the other group of primates that includes lemurs.
“[Ida] is one of the important branching points on the evolutionary tree,” Richmond said, “but it’s not the only branching point.”
At least one aspect of Ida is unquestionably unique: her incredible preservation, unheard of in specimens from the Eocene era, when early primates underwent a period of rapid evolution.
And here is Answers in Genesis’s response for your daily LOLs:
- Nothing about this fossil suggests it is anything other than an extinct, lemur-like creature.
- A fossil can never show evolution.
- Similarities can never show evolution.
- The remarkable preservation is a hallmark of rapid burial [and thus evidence for the global flood]
- If evolution were true, there would be real transitional forms.
- Evolutionists only open up about the lack of fossil missing links once a new one is found.
In other words, nothing can be evidence for evolution, because evolution never happened.