Second Darwinius Masillae Found

Funny story written by Roy Turse

Wednesday, 20 May 2009

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Wida is the second Darwinius Masillae to be found

A second 'missing link' fossil has been found in Germany within a few weeks of the first. This specimen is slightly older and not in anywhere near as good condition, but there are sufficient similarities to be sure the animal is the same species.

The first Darwinius Masillae, known as Ida, has been of immense interest as she seems to be a missing link in primate evolution. Ida is the first fossil which bridges the gap between the higher primates like monkeys, apes and humans, and their distant cousins, the lemurs.

The new fossil seems to be bigger and more sloth-like than Ida, and has been nicknamed Wida by scientists.

Rob Aninson, leading paleontologist on the project has compared the two finds. He claims that Ida is a far superior specimen in almost every way. Just before he left to go back to the dig site we asked him what he thought of Wida, and he told us "She is the weakest missing link. Goodbye."

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