5. The Evidence for the Theory is Irrefutable ==>
   5.1. Direct Evidence ==>
     5.1.1. Fossil Evidence ==>

5.1.1.1. There are Gaps- The Missing Link

THE POINT!

"There are Gaps" is the most common misconception of those who know only a little about evolution. Laymen deny evolution because there is a "missing link"

There was never a half-human, half chimpanzee creature. Hence there will never be a fossil that documents "the missing link".

Both species (human, chimpanzee) diverged (beneficial genetic mutation) from a common ancestor 6.5 - 10 million years ago (MYA) and evolved into what we are now over the millions of years since the divergence.

See http://www.fossilrecord.net/dateaclade/clade-human-chimp.html

There are no gaps in the fossil record

When Darwin first discovered and documented how we evolved, the fossil record certainly did contain gaps. Yet even 150 years ago, palentologists were able to posit a geneological tree of life that is almost identical to what we now know.

The gaps between species are trivial. For example, one supposed gap is the apparently abrupt replacement of Neanderthals by fully-modern humans in Europe. There is increasing evidence that both evolved from a common ancestor, and coexisted for tens of thousands of years as distinct, largely non-interbreeding groups that can be considered different species. Nevertheless, Neanderthals buried their dead with grave offerings of tools and flowers, suggesting religious beliefs. And if religion does not de target="_blank">fine humanity, what does?

Every fossil find closes the distance between it and it's closest existing fossils and adds to understanding of how evolutionary trees branch out and older species give rise to new ones.

There are no gaps in the theory.

The theory has be tested thousands of times by scientists from multiple disciplines. Everything discovered in geology, biology, botany, microbiology, chemistry, anatamy, et. al. supports the theory of evolution.