19
May
09

teh missen linx

I’m sure you’ve seen it on the news, “lemur-monkey missing link discovered” or “missing link of human evolution found.”

Come on, you morons, every organism we find in the fossil record could be considered a “missing link” to something from something else. That’s how evolution works. We can infer what type of animal we are looking for and how long ago that animal would have lived, but we can’t say exactly what animal it is. I’m so sick and tired of the “missing link” proporting dumbasses making such a big deal about it.  It isn’t like evolutionary biology is needing more fossil evidence to support it. If you want transitional fossils, go to Wikipedia! I mean, when there is a wiki list of transitional fossils, I don’t think ONE is going to make much difference. If you want to be sensationalist about this, go down the list and report them all as “amazing transitional fossils.” There are MANY others, but that’s just the high profile ones that are mostly complete.

Lastly, the terminology of “missing links” assumes linearity in evolution, like a chain. Evolutionary history is as far from a chain as could possibly be imagined. It branches like a shrub, with branches, stems, and leaves in all directions. Learn something about this before writing about it, please, I beg you. I encourage people to unlearn what they hear from mass media about science on an almost daily basis.

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2 Responses to “teh missen linx”


  1. 1 Colloquy
    May 19, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    I think those fire ants are making you cranky. 😉

  2. May 20, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    You are the (until now) missing link between newspaper articles and science!

    Yea!


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