Evolution is a branching process - by which we mean that species often split in two.Therefore: "Because evolution is a branching process that produces a complex bush pattern of related species rather than a linear process that produces a ladder-like progression, and because of the incompleteness of the fossil record, it is unlikely that any particular form represented in the fossil record is a direct ancestor of any other." — Rusty Cashman / Wikipedia In short, transitional fossils are best thought of as being close relatives of the species which actually link two groups.They would turn into something like a dugout canoe. We teamed up with a lot of producers and paysite owners to be able to bring you a peek inside their members' area. Although admittedly we also saw a couple you could build a decent size swimming pool out of :)... No short clips or teasers, but full scenes you would otherwise only find locked behind a paysite. 'cause they are confident showing what you can expect to see in their members' area might get you excited enough to try 'em out!
As long as these problems are borne in mind, transitional fossils give a rough indication of what evolutionary changes were occurring.Warning 1: The images are only artist's conceptions and might contain errors; so I keep a page with links to photos or diagrams of the fossils themselves.Warning 2: When a fossil is called "transitional" between two types of animal, that means it shows some of the traits of both, but it does not mean it links those animals by direct descent.Text size must be set to medium in Internet Explorer for optimal viewing.Screen resolution must be set to 1024x768 or higher (higher resolutions may be required for full-screen viewing on some machines).