|Update: toch te vroeg gejuicht. Zie het artikel van Gerdien de Jong Hoe vreselijk voor Ida
In a new book, documentary, and promotional Web site, paleontologist Jorn Hurum, who led the team that analyzed the 47-million-year-old fossil (foto), suggests Ida is a critical “missing link” species in primate evolution. What’s more, the newly described fossil was unearthed in Germany’s Messel Pit. Ida’s European origins are intriguing, Richmond said, because they could suggest—contrary to common assumptions—that the continent was an important area for primate evolution.