Darwinius masillae, Ida the missing link sculpture
Darwinius masillae, Ida the missing link sculpture
Darwinius masillae, Ida the missing link sculpture
Darwinius masillae, Ida the missing link sculpture
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Darwinius masillae, Ida the missing link sculpture

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This specimen is a sculpture based on the original specimen of Darwinius masillae.

The only known specimen of Darwinius masillae, dubbed Ida, was discovered in 1983 at the Messel pit, a disused shale quarry noted for its astonishing fossil preservation, near the village of Messel, about 35 km (22 mi) southeast of Frankfurt am Main in Germany. The fossil, divided into a slab and partial counterslab after the amateur excavation and sold separately, was not reassembled until 2007. The fossil is of a juvenile female, approximately 58 cm (23 in) overall length, with the head and body length excluding the tail being about 24 cm (9.4 in). It is estimated that Ida died at about 80-85% of her projected adult body and limb length.

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