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"Missing link" is the term used to indicate a hypothesized missing stage in the [[Theory of evolution|evolution]] of a species. The theory of evolution by natural selection claims that each species has evolved from another in a step-by-step manner. Therefore, a continuous record of transitional forms should exist from the earlier form to the current form, each almost indistinguishable from those immediately before and after. Where such a transitional form is absent, it is referred to colloquially as a "missing link".
 
"Missing link" is the term used to indicate a hypothesized missing stage in the [[Theory of evolution|evolution]] of a species. The theory of evolution by natural selection claims that each species has evolved from another in a step-by-step manner. Therefore, a continuous record of transitional forms should exist from the earlier form to the current form, each almost indistinguishable from those immediately before and after. Where such a transitional form is absent, it is referred to colloquially as a "missing link".
  
Many evolutionists consider the challenge to find missing links to be a Catch-22. This is because each missing link that is found creates two more new missing links.  Thus the challenge can never be satisfied. This speaks for the inquisitive and never-ending nature of the scientific method.
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Many evolutionists consider the challenge to find missing links to be a Catch-22. This is because each missing link that is found creates two more new missing links.  Thus the challenge can never be satisfied.  
  
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Often the term missing link refers to the long-sought fossil that would show a species intermediate between humans and apes. Many candidates have been proposed, such as [[Piltdown Man]] and [[Lucy]]. Some people believe that Lucy was an ape-like human ancestor three million years ago.
  
 
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Revision as of 12:08, 23 June 2007

"Missing link" is the term used to indicate a hypothesized missing stage in the evolution of a species. The theory of evolution by natural selection claims that each species has evolved from another in a step-by-step manner. Therefore, a continuous record of transitional forms should exist from the earlier form to the current form, each almost indistinguishable from those immediately before and after. Where such a transitional form is absent, it is referred to colloquially as a "missing link".

Many evolutionists consider the challenge to find missing links to be a Catch-22. This is because each missing link that is found creates two more new missing links. Thus the challenge can never be satisfied.

Often the term missing link refers to the long-sought fossil that would show a species intermediate between humans and apes. Many candidates have been proposed, such as Piltdown Man and Lucy. Some people believe that Lucy was an ape-like human ancestor three million years ago.

See also