The "missing link" myth stems from a misunderstanding of evolutionism

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“Missing link, hypothetical extinct creature halfway down the evolutionary line between modern humans and their anthropoid progenitors. In the second half of the 19th century, an erroneous interpretation of Charles Darwin's work was that humans descended in a direct line from existing ape species. To accept this theory and reconcile it with the Great Hierarchical Chain of Being, an ape-man or fossil ape-man seemed necessary to complete the chain. Today, it is recognized that the relationship between modern humans and present-day anthropoid apes (e.g. chimpanzees) is based on common ancestors rather than direct descent. These ancestors have yet to be identified, but the ape-hominid divergence may have occurred between 6 and 10 million years ago.”

Author not entered, “Missing link”, Britannica.


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