It has been nearly a week since Darwinius, a 47-million-year-old primate heralded as the “missing link”, burst on the public scene. (See some of my previous posts about the fossil here, here, and here.) Nicknamed “Ida”, the fossil has already spurred comments from nearly all corners of the science blogohedron, but with documentaries about her airing tonight (USA) and tomorrow (UK) there is still plenty to talk about.
That’s why I am organizing a one-time-only blog carnival all about Ida. Whether you want to tackle the media hype, the more technical aspects of her discovery, or something else entirely, I would encourage you to write something in the next week and send it to me (evogeek AT gmail DOT COM, subject line “Ida Carnival”) no later than 9:00 AM (Eastern Time) on Monday, June 1. The carnival itself will go up later that day, probably by 1:00 PM.
If you have already written something about Ida, feel free to submit it, but I would love to see some original contributions. The new documentaries and the pop-sci book about her, for instance, have yet to be covered. Regardless of what angle you take, though, please consider submitting something. Ida’s popularity gives us an unique opportunity to share science with the public, and I suggest we make the most of it.