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Re: node fossil



The word "concestor" has already been used (e.g., in Dawkins' The
Ancestor's Tale) for "most recent common ancestor."

Still not a good synonym for "missing link", but close to your use of
"shared ancestral form".

Richard W. Travsky wrote:
>
> On Thu, 15 Oct 2009, Graydon wrote:
>> On Thu, Oct 15, 2009 at 12:59:28PM +0200, David Marjanovic scripsit:
>>>>  Maybe you weren't too far off with "keystone", though.
>>>
>>> Well, there's only one keystone in every arch... the one thing that
>>> really annoys me about the term "missing link" is that it implies
>>> there's _one_ link between two monolithic groups, while in reality
>>> there
>>> are long transitional series.
>>
>> Is there anything wrong with "shared ancestral form"?
>>
>> As in, "We believe that Ardi is near the shared ancestral form of modern
>> humans and modern chimpanzees"?
>
> That starts to get a bit long but does lend itself to acronymization: SAF
>


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