Wednesday, May 20, 2009


Continuing the theme of posting things related to my career aspirations when I was five years old, apparently new fossils of a common ancestor to both higher primates (yes, including humans) and lower primates (like Lemurs) has been discovered.

National Geographic has a nice article on the discovery here.

Setting the implications and validity of this particular discovery aside, this whole thing is really interesting from a scientific perspective. I'm not sure how the peer review process works in paleontology, but it's always strange to me to see scientific works with promotional websites. In addition to changing how scientific articles are read and distributed, the internet is also changing the way research is done and discoveries are promoted (even in psychology). Often it really seems like "anything goes."

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