Google doesn't usually like missing links, but it has made an honourable exception with its latest Google Doodle.

Google has honoured the discovery of what could be the missing link between apes and humans with a new Google Doodle, following similar new Google logos for special events such as the Queen's visit to Google HQ.

'Google Doodles' on the internet giant's search engine homepage change occasionally to mark holidays, birthdays of famous people, and major events, such as the Olympics.

Fossil Google Doodle

Darwinius masillae is a small lemur-like creature that lived 47 million years ago. The Times reports that the fossil, nicknamed Ida, "could be an ancient ancestor of humans".

Wikipedia states that the first Google Doodle was designed by Larry Page and Sergey Brin to notify users of their absence in case the servers crashed.

"Subsequent Google Doodles were designed by an outside contractor, until Larry and Sergey asked then-intern Dennis Hwang to design a logo for Bastille Day in 2000. Hwang has been designing the Google Doodles ever since.

"Clicking on a Google Doodle links to a string of Google search results about the topic.

"Google doodles have been produced for the birthdays of several noted artists and scientists, including Andy Warhol, Albert Einstein, Leonardo da Vinci, Louis Braille, Percival Lowell, Edvard Munch, Béla Bartók among others.

"The celebration of historical events is another common topic of Google Doodles including a Lego brick design in celebration of the interlocking Lego block's 50th anniversary."