Sunday, April 10, 2005

The Descent of Man

The Descent of Man
(Science Made Stupid)
Early Man

There were many “missing links” between the earliest ancestral apes and modern Homo sapiens. Scientists learn about these extinct species from fossil remains. Here is an example (at left) of a fossil found near the famous “Lucy” fossil discovery. It is the skull of an australopithecine male, named “Desi” by its discoverers. Another couple, named Fred and Ethel, were found in a nearby cave, but Desi is the best preserved specimen.

Scientists can learn much from a relatively small fragment of skeleton. From this fossil, it was deduced that Desi stood about four-foot seven inches tall, walked with a slight limp, disliked zucchini and was a registered Democrat.

So there!

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