As I sat down with my breakfast cereal to watch the BBC news one morning in May 2009, it soon became apparent that I had switched on my TV to one of the most momentous events in human history. Before me, on my screen, was a smiling Sir David Attenborough (right) standing beside a large fossil which had been affectionately named "Ida" by the man who had discovered her in a quarry in Germany. Barely able to contain his excitement, Sir David exclaimed that "finally, we have in front of us the missing link." A moment that evolutionists had long been awaiting, this was concrete evidence of the fact that mankind had indeed evolved from apes, and in honour of their hero they had given Ida the latin title Darwinius.
Only a matter of weeks later, I came across a much smaller article on a news website that stated that the much heralded Ida was in fact nothing more than the remains of an ancient Lemur, and not the missing link after all. I think I must have missed the BBC news doing their follow up interview with Sir David on this huge disappointment. I was keen to hear his humble apology to all of us for making such a bold proclamation without actually properly investigating the evidence. Sadly, I am still waiting.