|Once every blue moon a truly remarkable find is discovered in
the world of paleontology. The Link is the first book out about the latest
fossil discovery, known as Ida, of an early primate that will have the professionals in
this field at each others throats for years.
The Link details the
discovery and initial evaluation of this spectacular fossil. The Link also
includes much needed geologically historical analysis of Idas world and how it has
While not science fiction, this book includes solid information that every SF world
builder needs to know. For example, create a mountain chain the size of the Himalayas that
gets annual monsoon rains and you will eventually get global cooling and frequent ice ages
Earth has had twenty in the last 2 million years. On the way to that forest
unfriendly environment and the worlds rain forests will start to be replaced by
grassy plains; if grass has evolved, with herds of ruminant herbivores.
And of what of Ida? She, for the fossil is that complete that the sex could be
determined, was a juvenile primate who was gassed, fell into a muddy pool and drowned
and left a remarkably complete impression, such that even her furry outline and
last meal are discernable. This is a fossil to circumnavigate the globe for.
Now I want to visit Oslo and see her; but it wont be tomorrow worse luck for me.