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I think the study of a 'missing link' is a straw-man. If you accept the postulates of macro-evolution, you can figure that there are a whole bunch of little steps as an organism evolves to better suit its environment. At what point, for example did Australopithecus afarensus become Homo habilis? Well, we see a whole bunch of the former at a particular time, and then a whole bunch of the latter at a somewhat later time, but I don't infer from that that there was this sudden mutation from one to another.

More likely (in my never-humble opinion), the changes slowly accumulate until, at time point "X", we see some Homo habilis fossils.

Remember, there never were a large prehistoric population of hominids, given the sustenance-space and nutrition requirments for such omnivores before the development of agriculture. And of that small number, an even smaller number of bodies were "fortunate" enough to be in an environnment where it was possible for their remains to be preserved.

We can say that there have been a lot of links between H. sapiens and the first proto-simian, between H. sapiens and the first proto-pongids, and between H. sapiens and the first proto-hominid.

I don't think we'll ever find the missing link, because I see the entire evolution thing as a continuum rather than a step-wise set of species and geni.



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The missing link is still missing 206 Citizen Attorney 29-Nov-06 13:29
I don't believe thre's a missing link per se. 399 Duncan Kunz 29-Nov-06 16:49
Re: I don't believe thre's a missing link per se. 250 Susan Doris 29-Nov-06 20:00
Reed Richards as the Missing Link? 145 Me 30-Nov-06 00:59
Brother Dawkins 164 Duncan Kunz 30-Nov-06 16:52
Re: Brother Dawkins 154 Susan Doris 30-Nov-06 19:20
Well-said, Duncan. 147 AndyBlackard 30-Nov-06 22:12
Re: Well-said, Duncan. 168 Duncan Kunz 01-Dec-06 16:04
Re: Well-said, Duncan. 130 AndyBlackard 01-Dec-06 16:13
Re: Well-said, Duncan. 166 Citizen Attorney 02-Dec-06 03:39
Re: Well-said, Duncan. 143 Me 02-Dec-06 23:34
Re: Well-said, Duncan. 164 AndyBlackard 03-Dec-06 02:52
Re: Well-said, Duncan. 199 Susan Doris 03-Dec-06 08:19
Re: Well-said, Duncan. 154 Citizen Attorney 03-Dec-06 03:44
Re: Well-said, Duncan. 130 AndyBlackard 03-Dec-06 04:49
Brain Size and diet? 125 W_C_Sally 03-Dec-06 08:33
Re: Brain Size and diet? 119 AndyBlackard 03-Dec-06 12:37
Re: Brain Size and diet? 143 Me 03-Dec-06 23:52
Best ratio is 50 - 50, usually not the norm, but in olden days, ?? 166 W_C_Sally 13-Dec-06 06:34
Re: The missing link is still missing 107 Raja 29-Nov-06 17:55
Re: The missing link is still missing 143 Raja 29-Nov-06 18:45
Re: The missing link is still missing 126 Duncan Kunz 30-Nov-06 17:08
Re: The missing link is still missing 123 Raja 30-Nov-06 21:11
Re: The missing link is still missing, oh no, there he is! 155 Me 01-Dec-06 00:09
Re: The missing link is still missing, oh no, there he is! 146 Raja 02-Dec-06 09:26


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