According to Live Science ‘The “missing link” is a term often thrown around by the media to describe fossils that are believed to bridge the evolutionary split between higher primates such as monkeys, apes, and humans. Many scientists cringe when it’s used, because it often suggests far more importance and meaning a given discovery actually holds.
The technical term for missing links is transitional morphologies, or forms, and is used by paleontologists to describe important evolutionary discoveries that contain the anatomical features of both older and more recent physiology. A good example is the latest discovery of hominid fossils in Africa, which are believed to be a possible immediate ancestor to the human lineage, but NOT a missing link.’
No, No, No. It is much simpler than that. Those who were left behind were unable (for whatever reason) to understand and apply irony. Those who could moved on.
It is so nice to contribute to evolutionary theory in such a profound way. No Nobel Prize or knighthood… thank you. To be able to give something back is enough.