cubbi (cubbi) wrote,
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Even when the media is pro-science, it does it disservice.


This image is Fig. 1A of the PLoS ONE article

What the news say:
Scientists have unveiled a 47-million-year-old fossilised skeleton of a monkey hailed as the missing link in human evolution ... Researchers say proof of this transitional species finally confirms Charles Darwin's theory of evolution, and the then radical, outlandish ideas he came up with during his time aboard the Beagle.


What the researchers actually say:
Morphological characteristics preserved in Darwinius masillae enable a rigorous comparison with the two principal subdivisions of living primates: Strepsirrhini and Haplorhini. Defining characters of Darwinius ally it with early haplorhines rather than strepsirrhines. We do not interpret Darwinius as anthropoid, but the adapoid primates it represents deserve more careful comparison with higher primates than they have received in the past.

upd: I beat PZ Myers by one minute in posting this! His post is much longer, though.
upd: looks like the researchers may have hyped it up themselves, off-paper. Way to lose face.
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