Hmm… While we in Lebanon cannot agree on a shared historical narrative, while we are still (silently) struggling to come to terms with ‘who we are,’ Ida has been found — to tell us all that we’re one “great big family.” So, in a much larger sense than what Ziad Rahbani meant in ‘She Fashel,’ ‘Kilna ekhwee’ 😉
Ida is one of the most immaculately preserved primate fossils ever found and, at 47 million years old, she comes from a key moment in our evolutionary history. This beautiful little creature is going to show us our connection with the rest of the mammals: with cows and sheep, and elephants and anteaters. According to one of the scientists who has studied her, she is a “Rosetta stone” for understanding our early evolution.
Check out this beautiful essay by Colin Tudge