"Genesis allowed is not! Is planet forbidden!" - Charles Johnson*
Well, well, well. It turns out that the whole Ida thing is engineered hype-ocracy, the organized publicization of a fossil that was, in fact, dug up 20 years ago and purchased for some $1 MILLION DOLLARS, according to this story from the Ottawa Citizen.
Everything you've heard about this thing is therefore HIGHLY suspect.
The specimen itself was not, in fact, dug up a couple of years ago. It was instead purchased, for a reported $1 million, from an obscure private collector, who had held it for at least 20 years. From the beginning, the "research program" was an exercise in entrepreneurship, with an investment to be recouped. In the end, direct participants in this circus included the History Channel, the BBC, Little Brown, Hachette Livre, and other mainstream media "content providers."
In other words, someone needed to get their money back.
And the evo-fascists** all bought it.
What a bunch of lusers.
*Okay, the guy who said it it wasn't Charles Johnson, but hey, given the physical resemblance, it's an easy mistake to make.
**I'm an evolutionist. An evo-fascist is someone who acts like being a theist is the same as being a primitive animist with a bone through the nose. Like Charles Johnson.