The very foundation of evolution is the idea that one kind of animal evolved into a different kind of animal. If indeed this happened, then one would expect to see the transitional forms from one kind of animal to the other. With the millions of fossils that have been discovered so far, we would also expect to find a large quantity of these transitional forms.
But we don’t find them!
Because we don’t find any transitional forms, they are better known as missing links.
Even Charles Darwin realized the problem created by a lack of any transitional forms. In his infamous book, Origin of Species, Darwin wrote:
Why is not every geological formation and every stratum full of such intermediate links? Geology assuredly does not reveal any such finely graduated organic chain; and this is the most obvious and serious objection which can be urged against the theory.
Other famous evolutionists also recognized the problem created for the theory of evolution by the absence of transitional forms. Former senior paleontologist of the famed British Museum of Natural History, Colin Patterson, wrote a textbook titled Evolution. After his book was published he was asked why the book did not include any images of transitional links. Patterson responded:
I fully agree with your comments about the lack of direct illustration of evolutionary transitions in my book. If I knew of any, fossil or living, I would certainly have included them … . I will lay it on the line—there is not one such fossil for which one could make a watertight argument.
One of the most famous evolutionist and paleontologist of the twentieth century was Harvard professor and author Stephen Jay Gould. When it came to the subject of transitional forms, Gould wrote:
The absence of fossil evidence for intermediary stages between major transitions in organic design, indeed our inability, even in our imagination, to construct functional intermediates in many cases, has been a persistent and nagging problem for gradualistic accounts of evolution.
I regard the failure to find a clear ‘vector of progress’ in life’s history as the most puzzling fact of the fossil record
Some evolutionists try to claim that some fossils are of transitional forms because they have characteristics of animals from different groups. If that constitutes a transitional form, then what about the duckbill platypus, an animal still living today in Australia. The platypus has a furry body like most mammals, webbed feet and a bill like a duck, lays eggs like a bird, a venomous spine on its feet like a reptile and suckles its young like mammals. It has characteristics of reptiles, birds and mammals. Is it a transitional form? If so, from what is it evolving from and what is it evolving to?
If you want more information on missing links, I recommend you check out Chapter 3 of Dr Jonathan Sarfati’s book Refuting Evolution. You can also find this at The links are missing.
So if anyone asks you about missing links, tell them that they are called missing links for a reason – they are missing.
With his usual brilliant clarity, Jonathan Sarfati, author of the best-selling Refuting Evolution (Vols. 1 and 2) has produced a comprehensive and resounding refutation of the position of ‘progressive creationist’ Hugh Ross, whose views are causing massive confusion about science and the Bible. The most powerful and scientific defence of a straightforward view of Genesis creation ever written.
Updated & expanded in 2011.