Remember Ida, the fossil that was supposed to change everything we know about human evolution? It's now been completely removed from the human family tree.
Plenty of doubts were raised about this at the time, both about Ida's claim to a place on the human branch of the primate family tree,
Ida, the 47 million year-old 'missing link' was found in a veritable treasure chest of other fossils.
But Ida is just one of thousands of fossils recovered from the Messel pit. It is a disused quarry near the village of Messel, about 20 miles south-east of Frankfurt. Bituminous shale was mined