The Link: Uncovering Our Earliest Ancestor

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Little, Brown Book Group, Sep 1, 2011 - Science - 272 pages
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The astonishing new discovery that could change everything . . .

Lying inside a high-security vault, deep within the heart of one of the world's leading natural history museums, is the scientific find of a lifetime - a perfectly fossilized early primate, older than the previously most famous primate fossil, Lucy, by an astonishing forty-four million years.

A secret until now, the fossil - 'Ida'- is the most complete early primate fossil ever found. Forty-seven million years old, Ida rewrites what we've assumed about the earliest primate origins. Her completeness is unparalleled.

With exclusive access to the first scientists to study her, the award-winning science writer Colin Tudge tells the history of Ida and her place in the world. The Link offers a wide-ranging investigation into Ida and our earliest origins - and the magnificent, cutting-edge scientific detective story that followed her discovery. At the same time it opens a stunningly evocative window into our past and changes what we know about primate evolution and, ultimately, our own.

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Review: The Link: Uncovering Our Earliest Ancestor

User Review  - Jean Doolittle - Goodreads

I am not a paleontologist, an anatomist or a biologist and thus an unable to determine if the science is accurate--from other reviews I've read, it appears that the fossil is an amazing find, because ... Read full review

Review: The Link: Uncovering Our Earliest Ancestor

User Review  - David - Goodreads

This book is about "Ida", the oldest primate fossil ever discovered. At 47 million years old, it is 43 million years older than the next oldest primate fossil, "Lucy". Ida was discovered in the 1970's ... Read full review

About the author (2011)

Colin Tudge is a biologist by education and a writer by inclination - on biology, food and agriculture, and the philosophy of science.

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