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A transitional fossil is one that bridges the evolutionary gap between two organisms. Creationists like to complain about the percieved lack of transitions in the [[gaps in the fossil record|fossil record]].
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A [[transitional fossil]] is one that bridges the evolutionary gap between two organisms. A fossil which is transitional between species A and species B will typically have some features of both. For instance, ''Archaeopteryx'' has both reptilian teeth and avian feathers.
  
A typical [[creationist]] misunderstanding about the nature of transitionals is the question "[[what good is half a wing?]]"
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[[Creationist]]s like to claim that there is a lack of transitions in the [[gaps in the fossil record|fossil record]], and use this as a claim against evolution.
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Creationists also tend to misundersand the nature of transitionals, and ask questions like "[[what good is half a wing?]]"

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A transitional fossil is one that bridges the evolutionary gap between two organisms. A fossil which is transitional between species A and species B will typically have some features of both. For instance, Archaeopteryx has both reptilian teeth and avian feathers.

Creationists like to claim that there is a lack of transitions in the fossil record, and use this as a claim against evolution.

Creationists also tend to misundersand the nature of transitionals, and ask questions like "what good is half a wing?"

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