12 / 05 / 2010

LINK-3: meaning and examples

Good morning everyone.

Today we continue our review of uses of and expressions with the word link.

Today's expression is: missing link

Meaning: something, like a piece of information, that is necessary in order to be able to understand a problem or to make something complete.

It's very typical, in science about evolution, to speak about the missing link, which refers to an animal similar to humans that may have existed at the time apes were developing into human beings. 

Example 1:
A team of researchers Tuesday unveiled an almost perfectly intact fossil of a 47 million-year-old primate they say represents the long-sought missing link between humans and apes.

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Example 2:
Missing links are the fossilized remains of intermediary forms of life that illustrate an evolutionary transition.

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