Ardipithecus Is Ready For Her Close-Up
By CARL ZIMMER - THE LOOM
Added: Sat, 10 Oct 2009 23:00:00 UTC
Tomorrow the Discovery Channel will show an Ardipithecus documentary. Iâve embedded a couple preview clips theyâve been sending around. I donât have cable myself (the same way an alcoholic doesnât keep cases of gin). So Iâll leave it to commenters to offer reviews tomorrow.
Thereâs obviously a striking parallel with the TV mania that recently surrounded another primate fossil, Darwinius. Personally, I donât see anything amiss (a priori, at least), with a documentary coming out right after a journal paper gets published. What I donât relish is when the publicity for a show distorts the news coverage of a fossil, as happened with Darwinius. So Iâd be curious what people who watch the show think.
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