The theoretical species which would, if discovered, bridge the gap between the oldest human specimen and the simian most nearly related to us.

Anthropology no longer searches for a missing link, realizing that it is more useful to seek our last common ancestor.

In popular culture, a particularly stupid, thoughtless, or offensive person is sometimes referred to as The Missing Link -- implying, none too subtly, that the person is less than human. Usually, however, such a person is being quite human; the apes might take offense at having such behavior ascribed to them, however.

A snarky bumper sticker says: "I've found the missing link between apes and humans. It's us."

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