Missing-link



noun
1.
a hypothetical form of animal assumed to have constituted a connecting link between the anthropoid apes and humans, identified by some authorities as constituting the genus Australopithecus.
2.
something lacking for the completion of a series or sequence.
noun
1.
(sometimes capitals) the missing link, a hypothetical extinct animal or animal group, formerly thought to be intermediate between the anthropoid apes and man
2.
any missing section or part in an otherwise complete series

A supposed animal midway in evolution between apes and humans. The term is based on a misunderstanding about the theory of evolution, which does not state that humans are descended from apes, but rather maintains that both humans and apes descended from a common ancestor. Modern evolutionary scientists do not search for a “missing link.”

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