…but it’s still just a fossil. I’m referring to Ida, the fossil of what will soon be named Darwinius masillae, which is almost certainly not our direct ancestor. I don’t have time to go into detail*, here’s someone else’s blog post with tons of links.
Archive for the ‘paleontology’ Category
Image links to plate in a Flickr stream, but check out the Bibliodyssey post.
Apparently manufactured by Waddingtons in the eighties.
I am insanely jealous of Ainsley, who now owns the Atlas of Creation. Most of the book is juxtapositions of bad pictures of fossils with bad pictures of conordinal living things (fossil fern, living fern; fossil bunny, living bunny; fossil fly, living fly) alongside the erroneous claim that there are no differences between the extinct and extant forms. Anyway, here’s his example of a living caddisfly:
It’s a fishing lure. He stole the image from Graham Owen, from whom he also stole this:
…which he believes is a living spider. A few pages earlier, he juxtaposes a fossil scolytid with a living pentatomid, saying that the living pentatomid and the 25 myo scolytid are exactly the same thing.