Our Oldest Relative?
updated 06/01/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 06/01/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT
An amateur fossil hunter found Ida in 1983 while exploring Germany's Messel Shale Pit. Hurum's museum bought her in 2007 for almost $1 million, and scientists spent two years piecing together her life. Most striking: her humanlike opposable thumbs and a talus bone in each foot. On May 25 Ida will make her television debut on the History Channel's The Link (9 p.m. ET/PT). "This little girl," says documentary producer Anthony Geffen of Atlantic Productions, "connects to every person on the planet." revealingthelink.com