The Link begins by explaining the environment in which Ida lived and her death. Ida is suspected to have lived around the Eocene Epoch. The Eocene Epoch, part of the Cenozoic Era lasted 56 to 33.9 million years ago. During this time period mammals such as Ida were dominant. Unlike today, the sea levels were low resulting in many land bridges connecting many parts of the landmasses. Few glacial masses were existent too. Many modern animals such as: pygmy horses, opossums, armadillos, exceptional big mice, salamanders, and many more were also thriving during this time.
In the forest that Ida lived, a lake known as a maar was the center point of life. Today some of the biggest maars lie in Alaska, which can be up to five miles across.This lake is responsible for the fossilization of Ida. A maar lake essentially is a volcanic crater due to an eruption. The volcanic crater formed when rushing magma came into contact with groundwater and turned to steam. Once the lava was eliminated, an eruption occurred which created a crater filled with water. Over time the gases from the eruption began to mix with the air surrounding the lake.
After it’s creation, the maar lake soon became the “heart of the forest ecosystem” (Tudge, 5). Because of the wide variety of creatures that thrived near the lake, it...
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... the human species can be a very complicated topic. This book explained everything in simplistic manner without requiring the reader to be paleontologist. I also liked that the author questioned and supported the facts and theories he present. However the main idea of this novel, Ida’s skeleton, wasn’t explained or focused on in great detail, focal point also lacked support. Primates in general and the link to humans today was the main focus of this novel, not Ida. Despite those qualities this novel brought some light to a topic that I didn’t know a lot about.
Tudge, Colin, and Josh Young. The link: uncovering our earliest ancestor. New York: Little, Brown and Co., 2009. Print.
staff, Mayo. "Definition." Mayo Clinic. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 23 Mar. 2012. Web. 10 Dec. 2013.
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