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May 20, 2009
Fossilized skeleton could be key link in evolution puzzle

On Tuesday, a 47 million-year-old¬†fossilized skeleton from Germany was unveiled in New York.¬†Scientists say the nearly-complete skeleton — which has four legs and a tail — is not thought to be a direct ancestor of human beings, but does offer a new piece of the puzzle of how primates evolved.

Michael Novacek, the provost of science at the American Museum of Natural History, joins Martin Savidge to discuss the significance of the fossil in understanding evolution.

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It is wonderful to see more pages of evolution opened before our eyes. The life and struggles of this little animal helped make it possible for our lives today. We owe this creature our gratitude. I hope we Homo sapiens can be make future life honor our existence by our continued struggle to support life and cardinal human values. The stuggle against narrow and divisive dogmas is hard, but sanity and compassion will prevail and science and technology help us at every movement forward.

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