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"missing link"

Post by scienderpical » Mon Sep 24, 2012 1:15 am

I hear the missing link come up in some topics of discussion, what does it even mean can someone explain the concept of it.

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Post by Luxorien » Mon Sep 24, 2012 2:59 am

It's sort of a casual term for a transitional fossil. You see it most often in discussions about human evolution, but it's used in other contexts as well.

Some writers look down on its use because it's not a very precise term; the missing link is always a moving target. It's a fossil we haven't found yet, but whose discovery would connect two species we think are related. We never really find the "missing link" because with every discovery, a new gap is created which could be illuminated by further discoveries. Pretty much every hominid fossil discovery is headlined as a "missing link."
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