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Are These ‘Missing Links’ Actually Links at All?

transitional form

Evolutionists claim that throughout earth’s history, species have evolved into other species. Supposedly, human beings came from ape-like creatures, birds came from reptiles, and amphibians came from lobe-finned fish. But if these species evolved into other species, where are the transitional forms? The truth is, they’re nowhere to be found. That’s why they’re often called “missing links”!

Over the years, though, evolutionists have tried to solve this problem by pointing to several fossils they claim to be transitional forms. But are they really? Are these creatures truly evolution’s missing links?

Let’s look at a few of these fossils touted as transitional forms.


Tiktaalik - Petter Bøckman


Many people believe that the lobe-finned Tiktaalik fossil is a transitional form because its fins resemble legs. Supposedly, Tiktaalik went extinct around 400 million years before sea creatures emerged from the ocean and evolved into land animals.

Tiktaalik’s fins are certainly fleshy, but they’re not attached to the bony pelvis, so there’s no way the fish could’ve actually walked, writes Dr. Elizabeth Mitchell. Plus, nothing about the fossil’s fins resemble the digits of a foot or a hand. For these fins to evolve into legs or feet, they would’ve had to greatly rearrange their components.


Archaeopteryx - Public Domain


For years, evolutionists claimed that Archaeopteryx was a transitional form between dinosaur and bird. But several years ago, Chinese scientists found another fossilized creature with what they believe to be feathers. They named this creature Xiaotingia zhengi.

And yet evolutionists dated X. zhengi as older than Archaeopteryx, and after deeper analysis, they decided neither fossil was related to modern birds at all. They’ve since proposed to categorize both these fossils as dinosaurs in the Velociraptor group.


Ardipithecus ramidus - Sailko


In the early 1990s, researchers found the bones of Ardipithecus ramidus. Nearly two decades later, scientists argued that the bones were even more important to understanding human evolution than Lucy’s were.

Why? Because they claim the fossil is decidedly “not a chimp” and “not a human.” This so-called missing link doesn’t look anything like evolutionists thought it would. This, they said, shed much-needed light on how humans evolved from apes.

But there’s one huge problem with A. ramidus, nicknamed “Ardi”: It’s not a complete fossil. It’s just an incomplete and badly damaged skeleton. Because of that, scientists used many different bones linked with dozens of other A. ramidus individuals to come up with a rendering.

Researchers looked at Ardi as a potential missing link because they thought she walked upright like a human. But because Ardi’s feet had opposable big toes and lacked arches, the fossil appears to be simply an ape rather than a transitional form.


Neoceratodus forsteri (Australian lungfish) - Mitch Ames


Because lungfish can breathe air and have fleshy fins, evolutionists believe they are the closest living relatives of the sea-dwelling vertebrates that supposedly evolved into land animals.

Around 10 years ago, biologists at the University of Chicago designed a special tank to try to observe how lungfish could have evolved the ability to walk. Researchers were stunned when they saw how the fish were able to push off the bottom of the tank with their pelvic fins. They saw this as the beginning steps of evolving a “bipedal gait” (walking on two legs).

Although this experiment offered great insight into how lungfish move around in the water, they didn’t actually showcase a vital step in evolution. Pushing off the seafloor takes practically no effort on the lungfish’s part because of its buoyancy in the water. Therefore, there’s no way the lungfish’s fins could even begin to substitute for legs on land.

Learn More About Transitional Forms on Answers TV

Join us in analyzing common missing links in the scientific community from a biblical perspective!

Transitional Fossils (part 1)

Join Patricia Engler as she looks at many of the most common transitional fossils touted by evolutionists. These creatures are supposedly the links between fish and land creatures or between birds and dinosaurs. But are they really rock-solid evidence for evolution? Let’s find out!

Be sure to watch part 2 to learn more.

What’s the Importance of Missing Links?

Have evolutionists found a chain of human ancestors that supports their story of evolution? Not quite!

Lucy—She’s No Lady!

Secular scientists claim Lucy is a transitional form between ape and human. But anatomist Dr. David Menton leaves no doubt that the famous “Lucy” fossils belong to a knuckle-walking, apelike creature.