Ida is a fossil of a 47 million year old female primate that is considered to be the much sought after “missing link” between primates and other mammals. The skeleton is 95% complete, making it the most complete primate fossil ever found. Measuring in at 1 foot 9 inches tall, it has been referred to as the “eighth wonder of the world.” While some scientists are still skeptical, there is no doubt you’ll be hearing a lot about Ida over the next few months.
To learn more about this exciting discovery, you can visit RevealingTheLink.com where you’ll find an interactive site brimming with sexy information.
An exciting documentary airing next week promises a more in depth look at the fossil. The Link is a feature-length documentary film made by the award-winning Atlantic Productions with exclusive access to Ida and the team of scientists who have examined her. The film shows how microtomography, CT scans and X-ray techniques were used to examine and recreate a 3D image of the creature, revealing that this early primate was a previously unknown species and one of our earliest ancestors.
Filmed in High Definition in locations in Europe, America and Africa, this documentary special combines one of the most extraordinary finds ever made, the latest scientific techniques and state of the art graphics to take us on an epic evolutionary journey.
The world premiere of The Link, a two-hour event special, airs on Memorial Day – Monday May 25th, 2009 at 9pm ET/PT. It is being screened by History across the US.
The UK premiere of Uncovering Our Earliest Ancestor: The Link will be shown on BBC One at 9pm on Tuesday 26th May. The version of the film made for the BBC is written and narrated by Sir David Attenborough.
Viewers in Germany can watch The Link on Sunday 31st May on ZDF.
Viewers in Norway can watch The Link on Tuesday 26th May on NRK.