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The Link: Uncovering our Earliest Ancestor

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By: Colin Tudge

262 pages, 32pp col plates

Little, Brown and Company

Hardback | May 2009 | #180885 | ISBN-13: 9781408702147
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NHBS Price: £18.99 $23/€21 approx

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The astonishing new discovery that could change everything ...Lying inside a high-security vault, deep within the heart of one of the world's leading natural history museums, is the scientific find of a lifetime - a perfectly fossilized early primate, older than the previously most famous primate fossil, Lucy, by an astonishing forty-four million years. A secret until now, the fossil - 'Ida' - is the most complete early primate fossil ever found.

Forty-seven million years old, Ida rewrites what we've assumed about the earliest primate origins. Her completeness is unparalleled. With exclusive access to the first scientists to study her, the award-winning science writer Colin Tudge tells the history of Ida and her place in the world. The Link offers a wide-ranging investigation into Ida and our earliest origins - and the magnificent, cutting-edge scientific detective story that followed her discovery. At the same time it opens a stunningly evocative window into our past and changes what we know about primate evolution and, ultimately, our own.

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Colin Tudge is a biologist by education and a writer by inclination - on biology, food and agriculture, and the philosophy of science.

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