Scientists Back Off of Ardi Claims
In May 2009, a remarkably well-preserved extinct primate, nicknamed “Ida,” was hailed as one of the most important fossil finds ever. It had features that some interpreted as a link between two primate body forms. At the time, ICR News suggested that its evolutionary significance was far overblown, predicting that the scientific consensus would offer retractions. Those retractions came three months later,
confirming that the fossil―called Darwinius―was really just an extinct lemur variety.1
In October, Ardipithecus, another extinct primate, was given wide coverage. Represented by a reconstructed female fossil dubbed “Ardi,” it was described in the journal Science as a four-foot-tall, upright-walking ape that was significant to human evolution.
2 Some experts not only doubted that the evidence pointed to upright walking, but they also saw strong evidence that it was, in fact, not a walker at all.3
“Ida is following the same well-worn chain of events. She has been promoted as a ‘missing link’ with widespread media hype. After further study, however, this claim will be quietly rescinded.”