The Link: Uncovering Our Earliest Ancestor? – 1

http://www.abc.net.au/tv/guide/netw/200907/programs/ZX0319A001D30072009T203000.htm

Millions of years ago, a little girl was born. It’s time to meet our 47-million-year-old ancestor…

The Link: Uncovering Our Earliest Ancestor? tells the story of the 47-million-year-old fossil known as Ida, which scientists believe could be an indication of one of the roots of anthropoid evolution – the point at which our primate ancestors began first developing the features that would evolve into our own.

Lying inside a high-security vault, deep within the heart of one of the world’s leading natural history museums, this scientific find of a lifetime connects to everyone.

Kept secret for two years, Ida is the most complete early primate fossil ever found.

With exclusive access to Ida and the team of scientists who have examined her, this documentary follows the University of Oslo’s two-year journey to secretly analyse and verify Ida, piecing together her forensic secrets.

The film shows how various techniques were used to examine and re-create the creature, revealing that this early primate was a previously unknown species and one of our earliest ancestors.

Discovered in Messel Pit, Germany, Ida is 20-times older than most fossils that explain human evolution, and is 96 percent complete.

Narrated by Sir David Attenborough, The Link: Uncovering Our Earliest Ancestor? brings Ida to life, using 3-D animations and imaging technologies to re-create Ida and the world that she would have inhabited.

 

…  to be continued

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