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A '''missing link''' in the [[fossil]] record is a proposed, but as-yet undiscovered, intermediate form between two similar [[species]]. [[Creationists]] frequently cite "Missing Links" as evidence that evolution is incorrect. [[Charles Darwin]] called this issue "...the most obvious and gravest objection which can be urged against my theory..." and attributed the perceived lack of transitional fossils to imperfections in the geologic record.
  
A '''missing link''' is a proposed, but as-yet undiscovered, intermediate form between two similar [[species]], commonly used to refer to a form between man and a common ape-like ancestor.
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{{quote|First, despite all the increased knowledge of the rock record after so much drilling and exploration, many conventional geologists still see the rock record much as Darwin did: a record of long ages with lots of gaps. <ref>Marcus Ross, ''God of the Gaps'', November 12, 2008 [https://answersingenesis.org/fossils/fossil-record/god-of-the-gaps/]</ref>}}
  
==Apologetics==
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==Counter-Apologetics==
[[Creationists]] frequently cite "Missing Links" as evidence that evolution is fallacious. Darwin called this issue "...the most obvious and gravest objection which can be urged against my theory..." and attributed the perceived lack of transitional fossils to imperfections in the geologic record.
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Another Creationist [[strawman]] is to argue that evolution demands a transitional form between every creature. [[Kirk Cameron]], for instance, frequently demands evidence for a "Crocoduck" - a creature with the physical traits of both a crocodile and a duck.
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The theory of evolution suggests that ALL life forms are "transitional forms". All fossils, then, are transitional fossils. Referring just to the line that lead to modern humanity, geologists have discovered hundreds of distinct, progressing variations.
  
==Counter-Apologetics==
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Given that the process of fossilisation is rare, we would not expect every species to appear in the fossil record. Gaps are no objection to evolution.
First, the theory of evolution suggests that ALL life forms are "transitional forms". All fossils, then, are transitional fossils. Referring just to the line that lead to modern humanity, geologists have discovered hundreds of distinct, progressing variations.
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New species are often discovered in the fossil record. Objections to evolution are continually strinking and leads to the [[God of the gaps]]. Specific gaps that were previously cited by apologists have been filled.
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A species can evolve into existence in an area where fossilisation is extremely rare and gradually expand its population into an area where fossilisation is relatively common. This would result in the ''apparent'' sudden appearance of a species. However, there is no real mystery to solve.
  
Second, the nature of evolution suggests that the massive variation we find in life forms today are the direct descendants of a much less diverse group of life forms, possibly as small as a single individual form. While ducks and crocodiles do have common ancestors, their lines diverged long ago, and each line evolved independently from the other. Discovery of a "crocoduck" would be far more damaging to the theory of evolution than the absence of such a creature.
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A missing link in the fossil record is a proposed, but as-yet undiscovered, intermediate form between two similar species. Creationists frequently cite "Missing Links" as evidence that evolution is incorrect. Charles Darwin called this issue "...the most obvious and gravest objection which can be urged against my theory..." and attributed the perceived lack of transitional fossils to imperfections in the geologic record.

"First, despite all the increased knowledge of the rock record after so much drilling and exploration, many conventional geologists still see the rock record much as Darwin did: a record of long ages with lots of gaps. [1]"

Counter-Apologetics

The theory of evolution suggests that ALL life forms are "transitional forms". All fossils, then, are transitional fossils. Referring just to the line that lead to modern humanity, geologists have discovered hundreds of distinct, progressing variations.

Given that the process of fossilisation is rare, we would not expect every species to appear in the fossil record. Gaps are no objection to evolution.

New species are often discovered in the fossil record. Objections to evolution are continually strinking and leads to the God of the gaps. Specific gaps that were previously cited by apologists have been filled.

A species can evolve into existence in an area where fossilisation is extremely rare and gradually expand its population into an area where fossilisation is relatively common. This would result in the apparent sudden appearance of a species. However, there is no real mystery to solve.


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