Living Fossils

Living Fossils

“Living fossil” typically describes a living organism that looks like a fossilized organism but has no close living relatives by evolutionary reckoning. While dinosaurs no longer walk the earth (as far as we know), we can still observe living examples of animals and plants that shared the world with dinosaurs.

Living Proof

“Living fossils” pose a conundrum. Why would some creatures remain virtually unchanged from those found in the fossil record, while others changed radically? The answer is easy for creationists.

Fish Story - Coelacanth

No one has told this allegedly 350-million-year-old fish that it was supposed to have been extinct for 65 or 70 million years, which is why it keeps turning up—and conveniently reminding us of the fallibility of the supposed indisputable science evolutionary paleontologists feed the public.

Spider Fossilized in Amber

Huntsman spiders have made no evolutionary progress or even any speciation changes since this one managed to get himself entombed. He appears as modern as his descendants. This fact does not surprise us, since we are confident that the amber is no more than a few thousand years old.

Articles About Living Fossils

  • Dec. 8, 2013 from Answers Magazine

    Far from being an oddity, living fossils are found throughout the fossil layers.

  • An Eel Emerges as the Next Living Fossil
    Aug. 20, 2011 from News to Know

    Another living fossil emerges from deep time.

  • Tropical Huntsman
    May 28, 2011 from News to Know

    Tropical Huntsman spider trapped in Baltic amber for millions of years?

  • Magazine Article
    Living Fossils: Detachable Chart
    Dec. 8, 2010 from Answers Magazine

    Living fossils are found throughout the fossil layers. View a living fossils chart (PDF format).

  • Great Sea Depths Hiding Ancient Creature
    Nov. 27, 2010

    Great sea depths have been hiding an ancient creature. Is it Leviathan?

  • Magazine Department Article
    Living Proof
    June 24, 2010 from Answers Magazine

    A giant salamander has been discovered in rock layers that evolutionists date at 30 million years. Yet it is virtually identical to giant salamanders living today.

  • Living Fossil Found In Grape-Sized Cell
    Nov. 29, 2008

    A grape-sized cell inching along the ocean floor may be one of the world’s “oldest” living fossils.

  • World's Oldest Flying Insect Fossil Found In Massachusetts
    Oct. 18, 2008

    The world’s oldest (allegedly) fossilized impression of a flying insect wasn’t found in a rock quarry in an exotic setting; it was found behind a strip mall in suburban Massachusetts.

  • Sorry, But You Are Extinct: the Coelacanth's Story
    Aug. 4, 2007

    Further studies are performed upon the living fossil, the coelacanth

  • Living Fossil: Lobster
    May 5, 2007

    For once, the evolutionists have found something that they believe is too old.

  • A Tree of Today?
    April 21, 2007

    A study published in this week’s issue of the science journal Nature describes two recent discoveries of the world’s oldest (allegedly) tree fossils.

  • Magazine Article
    Rodent Resurrected?
    Dec. 11, 2006 from Answers Magazine

    When an animal or plant has gone “extinct”, and then is found living today, unchanged from what is found in the fossil record, this shocking discovery is called a “living fossil”

  • Fossil Turtles Confound Evolutionists
    April 18, 2005

    Australian scientists announced in February the discovery of dozens of fossilized sea turtles that they say have exciting implications for evolution.

  • Magazine Article
    ‘Dinosaur Tree’ Behind Bars
    June 1, 2001, p. 56

    The botanic gardens in Australia’s national capital, Canberra, has on show a tree which is presently so rare that it is grown in a special cage (pictured, left).

  • Magazine Article
    Lily of the Sea
    Dec. 1, 1997, p. 54

    The beautifully preserved fossil is of a crinoid, or sea-lily.

  • Spot the Difference
    June 1, 1997

    Fascinating living fossils

  • Magazine Article
    Living Fossils: Acer Monspessulanum
    June 1, 1996, p. 41

    Most of the public are unaware that there are literally thousands of different types of animals and plants which are alive and essentially unchanged from the way they appear as fossils.

  • Magazine Article
    Living Fossils: Busycon Contrarium
    Sept. 1, 1995, p. 6

    Most of the public are unaware that there are literally thousands of different types of animals and plants which are alive and essentially unchanged from the way they appear as fossils.

  • Magazine Article
    Living Fossils: Anthedons
    June 1, 1995, p. 52

    Most of the public are unaware that there are literally thousands of different types of animals and plants which are alive and essentially unchanged from the way they appear as fossils.

  • Magazine Article
    Living Fossils: Pleurotomarias
    March 1, 1995, p. 52

    Most of the public are unaware that there are literally thousands of different types of animals and plants which are alive and essentially unchanged from the way they appear as fossils.

  • Magazine Article
    Sensational Australian Tree … Like 'Finding a Live Dinosaur'
    March 1, 1995, p. 13

    Any time someone finds a ‘living fossil’ this supports the creation model by showing that things either have not evolved, or the vast ages are not real—or both.

  • Magazine Article
    Living Fossils
    Dec. 1, 1994, p. 28

    There are literally thousands of different types of animals and plants which are alive and essentially unchanged from the way they appear as fossils. The polistes wasp is one example.

  • Magazine Article
    Living Fossils: Antrimpos and Penaeus
    March 1, 1994, p. 6

    It could hardly be more obvious that this shrimp is essentially the same as this fossil shrimp. Yet according to evolutionary theory, they are separated by an alleged 150 million years.

  • Magazine Article
    Living Fossils: Ferns and Crabs
    Dec. 1, 1993, p. 6

    There are literally hundreds of different types of animals and plants which are alive and well and which are essentially unchanged from the way they appear as fossils.

  • Magazine Article
    'Living Fossil' in Australian Caves
    Sept. 1, 1993, p. 23

    A rare blind crustacean has been found in Jenolan Caves in New South Wales, Australia.

  • Magazine Article
    Living Fossils: Flowers and Fish
    Sept. 1, 1993, p. 45

    Most of the public are unaware that there are literally hundreds of different types of animals and plants which are alive and which are essentially unchanged from the way they appear as fossils.

  • Magazine Article
    Rare Fossil Insect Discovery by Creationist Confirms ‘No Change’
    Sept. 1, 1992, p. 20

    In Caribbean amber (fossilized tree resin which may contain the bodies of insects), originally lent to the writer for identification of its enclosed insects, an unusual specimen caught his attention.

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