The Falsity of Living Fossils on The Scientist

Triops longicaudatus (commonly called longtail tadpole shrimp, American tadpole shrimp, or rice tadpole shrimp)

Many living fossils still alive today have bizarre, eccentric traits that make…

15 animals that are living fossils

Many living fossils still alive today have bizarre, eccentric traits that make them seem more like aliens than anything from this world.

Coelacanth are examples of “living fossils,” having changed little from their ancestors 300 million years ago, when dinosaurs still roamed the Earth. The genome of these living fossils are revealing some big secrets.

Secrets from the Coelacanth Genome

Latimeria chalumnae model in the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, showing the coloration in life. - Coelacanth - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Snapping turtles as we know them first walked the earth some 40 million years ago, but they have been virtually unchanged over the past 215 million years of their evolution, according to Tortoise Trust. Although not among the most endangered tortoises and turtles according to the Turtle Conservation Coalition, the snapping turtle is listed as threatened.

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Living Fossils: Animals From Another Time: Photos : Snapping turtles ~ Online relaxing

the odd and ancient ginkgo, with peter crane

the odd and ancient ginkgo, with peter crane

botanybecca: ginkgo from Siebold and Zuccarini’s Flora Japonica, botanical illustration

SUPERBLY ELEGANT FOSSIL SEA LILY  Seirocrinus subangularis  Lower Jurassic  Posidonienschiefer Formation, Holzmaden, Baden-Württemburg,  Germany  The Crinoid, known also as the Sea Lily or Feather Star, is one of  the world's so-called "living fossils", with species still to be  found in today's oceans from Indonesia to the Caribbean.

Sea Lily or Crinoid (Seirocrinus subangularis) Lower Jurassic Formation, Germany

The horseshoe crab could hold the distinction of being the oldest animal species still in existence. Dating back to the Paleozoic era, the horseshoe crab existed on Earth before the dinosaurs and soldiered on through several mass extinction events. In 2008, a horseshoe crab fossil, the oldest in existence found so far, dated back to around 445 million years ago, according to a report by LiveScience.

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The cockroach is famous for being a survivor. These insects can survive for weeks without their heads and even withstand the fallout following a nuclear blast.  Cockroaches are also an especially long-surviving animal. Roaches have thrived on Earth for some 320 million years, with an estimated 5 million to 10 million individual species ranging in shape, size and habitat.  This photo shows Blaberus giganteus, one of the largest species of cockroach on Earth.

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Living fossils: a powerful argument for creation

Living fossils: a powerful argument for creation [Creation Ministries International]

Horseshoe Crab Pendant: Underwater Arachnids, Living Fossils

Horseshoe Crab Pendant: Underwater Arachnids, Living Fossils

Horseshoe crabs are living fossils, favorite symbols of the seashore, and of the way the ocean connects us to all of history.

Crocodiles aren't as unchanged over the millennia as scientists once thought.

Crocodiles aren’t as unchanged over the millennia as scientists once thought. Paleontologist Julia Molnar and her coauthors set the record straigh…

'Living Fossil' Coelacanth Has an Obsolete Lung : Discovery News

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Coelacanth thought extinct, rediscovered in It dates back 400 million years.yeah just think about this "extinction" thing,how much more is there under the waters?

Located off the waters of Australia and New Zealand, elephant sharks, or Callorhinchus milii, are members of a branch of cartilaginous fish known as chimaeras.

12 of the most astounding 'living fossils' known to science

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