Transitional forms

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For the concept of "transitional forms", important to some arguments against evolution, see No Transitional Forms in this wiki's special area QMS:Questioning Mainstream Science.

Examples of Transitional Forms


To be clear about the difference between a hominin and a hominid, see Hominids and Hominins.

Australopithecus sediba

Ken Gilmore writes:

Yet another transitional fossil hominin has been found, this one being vertebrae from Australopithecus sediba.[1] That it is yet another transitional fossil is to be expected; the authors in the abstract note that "[o]ur three-dimensional geometric morphometric (3D GM) analyses show that MH2’s nearly complete middle lumbar vertebra is human-like in overall shape but its vertebral body is somewhat intermediate in shape between modern humans and great apes."
. . .  the main reason I've made this post is that this paper includes comments and suggestions from the reviewers [2] which give an insight into the scientific mindset:

"Our editorial process produces two outputs: (i) public reviews designed to be posted alongside the preprint for the benefit of readers; (ii) feedback on the manuscript for the authors, including requests for revisions, shown below. We also include an acceptance summary that explains what the editors found interesting or important about the work."