This scene from Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey employs, in my opinion, one of the most meaningful editing cuts in the history of film.
A band of apes, previously attacked by a more aggressive tribe, figures out how to use a bone first as a tool and later a weapon. In this scene, you see our apes pushing back their enemies with their newfound tools. After successfully use of the bone as tool and weapon, in exhilaration one ape throws its bone into the air, and as it falls back to Earth, we cut to to a bone-white bone-shaped spaceship in orbit (i.e. freefall).
The editing cut here seems to imply that once we have seen apes beginning to use tools and weapons, then we don't need a great leap of imagination to assume their descendants, we human beings, will be advanced enough to become space-faring. History then is the story of technology; all of history can be summarised as humans using tools and weapons to achieve their goals. After all we refer to knowledge from a time before writing as prehistory, and writing itself is one of our greatest technologies.
More than that, I wonder if Kubrick is also implying that going into space and traveling beyond Earth is an inevitable trajectory mankind is on, whether we realise it or not.
All of this in the implied continuity between the ape-scene before and the space-scene after. I slow clap every time I watch this.