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Re: A new term for "missing link"

I don't understand all the missing-linkl hatin'.  We all get that
evolution is bush, not a straight line.  Still, the sequence of
ancestors leading a given species IS a sequence; other lineages branch
off it, sure, but that lineage is a straight line.  And if a link is
missing from that lineage, what's the problem with calling it a
missing link?  Really?

2009/10/14 Ian Paulsen <birdbooker@zipcon.net>:
>  After reading your comments about the term "missing link", I was trying
> to come up with a new term to use and thought of "Keystone Fossil". I got
> the idea from the ecological term "Keystone Species." Any comments?
> sincerely
> --
> Ian Paulsen
> Bainbridge Island, WA, USA
> " Which just goes to show that a
>  passion for books is extremely unhealthy."
>  from Cornelia Funke's "Inkheart".