Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Too cool not to post: Darwinius masillae

This is a photo of the fossilized remains of a juvenile lemur-like creature that died about 47 million years ago. The bones are present and preserved in the death position in great detail. And see the dark outline around the skeleton? That's where the flesh used to be. How awesome is that? There was even some food matter found inside.

PZ has a nice write-up at Pharyngula, so read through that too. For me, it's just really cool that it's so well preserved that you can basically look back in time at this 47 MILLION year-old ancestor of ours.

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