• 1A thing that is needed in order to complete a series, provide continuity, or gain complete knowledge.

    ‘they are the missing link between prog rock and punk rock’
    • ‘While minor and house league hockey is providing the missing link for many NHL fans, there is a dedicated bunch of Montrealers whose team's slow rise to the throne of hockey greatness is also filling the gap.’
    • ‘The East London Line, which would provide the missing link in a line circling the capital and improve access in the most deprived boroughs, was meant to open in 2006.’
    • ‘The extensive new functionality afforded by nearline storage provides a vital missing link for organizations demanding more from their existing storage architecture.’
    • ‘In all probability, the entrance seen by the two lads in 1997 would provide this missing link.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, should the Moroccan regime now be subjected to real pressure it is likely that this could provide the missing link for a lasting solution.’
    • ‘Marina was used to provide the missing link by translating the Nahuatl into Mayan.’
    • ‘His ability to challenge and motivate individuals may yet provide the missing link for Leinster.’
    • ‘Security information management can provide the missing link.’
    • ‘As I describe next, the insights derived above can provide us an important clue in uncovering the puzzling missing link in relationships.’
    • ‘The police know there are people who could provide those vital missing links which would bring the driver to justice.’
    • ‘Greengard provided the missing link by working out the details of nerve cell communication, compiling what he termed ‘the biochemical inventory’.’
    • ‘But in my view, a still more attractive possibility is that key common elements - missing links between the systems - are as yet undiscovered, or insufficiently appreciated.’
    • ‘He says despite the city's prosperity there are still one or two surprising missing links - Leeds does not have a major concert venue, conference centre, and in spite of years of trying, still hasn't managed to deliver a supertram network.’
    • ‘The new American policy provides the missing link in a vicious circle that is as dangerous as the arms race of the Cold War, if not more so.’
    • ‘The purpose of this study is to provide one missing link in a growing chain of knowledge.’
    • ‘There is just a missing link at the moment which is the statute that provides for the conviction.’
    • ‘The statistical study of a population of single molecules provides the missing link.’
    • ‘In other words, these results provide the first direct evidence of the missing link between gas collision and the birth of the first stars.’
    • ‘But it is something else that provides the missing link… they are all veterans of the Armed Forces and are now members of the Rochdale Royal British Legion.’
    • ‘Council officers say the plans will provide a missing link in the London Cycle Network with a safe crossing for cyclists along Mansel Road and across Wimbledon Hill Road.’
    1. 1.1 A hypothetical fossil form intermediate between two living forms, especially between humans and apes.
      • ‘So he was particularly keen on suggesting to people that he'd found missing links not just between humans and animals but between widely different types of animals.’
      • ‘The rest of his arguments, such as the lack of missing links in the fossil record and the evidence for a young Earth, were verifiable.’
      • ‘One of these is the notion that paleoanthropologists are focused on discovering ‘the missing link,’ and that only the missing link can tell us anything of real importance about our origins.’
      • ‘It is again a typical creationist strategy that when skeletons of missing links turn up, creationists ignore them and insist that evidence of intermediacy be sought instead in the soft parts that rarely fossilize.’
      • ‘He claimed it was found in a peat bog and was a vital missing link between modern humans and Neanderthals.’
      • ‘Paleontologists behind some of these fossils believed they were the oldest snakes yet discovered and a missing link with mosasaurs.’
      • ‘That leaves evolutionists back at square one: where are those countless missing links required by the theory, had birds evolved from reptiles?’
      • ‘Darwin also held that new species evolve slowly, the result of countless small changes over many generations, and he attributed the lack of transitional forms - missing links - to the spotty nature of the fossil record.’
      • ‘As for missing links or what are technically called ‘transitional forms’, the literature is full of them and where gaps occur this is nothing unexpected, it's just a case of more rapid and episodic change or punctuated equilibrium.’
      • ‘Evidence from the pelvis, rib cage, arms, wrist and inner ear all indicate not a missing link but something less similar to both humans and chimpanzees, than these latter are to each other.’
      • ‘It seems these days that there are precious few ordinary human or ape fossils unearthed, rather they all have to be a missing link between the two.’
      • ‘The thought was that these forms might represent missing links between the three major alveolate taxa.’
      • ‘The popular press hailed the find as the missing link between apes and man, and the most ancient human species known to date.’
      • ‘When such fossils are found, as they often are, creationists must then punt and change their emphasis to other missing links, continually retreating before the advance of science.’
      • ‘Dr. Leaky started much of the uproar when he found his famous missing link, Lucy.’
      • ‘I pointed out that actually Wood's point was that we shouldn't think in terms of missing links, because even if we had the right fossil in front of us we would have no way of recognizing it as such.’
      • ‘Now even evolutionists have abandoned this creature, now called Paranthropus, as a missing link, but the effect was profound at the time.’
      • ‘On the basis of these finds, Woodward constructed a skull that seemed to supply the missing link in the evolutionary path between humans and the apes.’
      • ‘The situation here was that paleontologists had been looking for the missing link between man and ape, and an amateur paleontologist in England found this skull in a gravel pit in England.’


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