The World of Living Fossils – Intro

 Hello again! Today we start a new topic – living fossils. Over the next few weeks, we will be looking at different living fossils, and what they tell us. But to begin with, let’s find out what a living fossil actually is…..

 So what is a living fossil? Charles Darwin actually came up with the name and published it in his famous book on evolution – On the Origin of Species. He saw, as he travelled around, that there were some fossils that looked exactly the same as living animals. To him, these fossils were strange and rare, a bizarre case where the animals had not evolved, but had remained the same for millions of years. But in reality, since Darwin’s time, we have found countless examples of animals that are exactly the same as the fossils we dig up – a whole world of ‘living fossils.’

Charles Darwin’s book: “On the Origin of Species.” Photo credit, creative commons.

Living fossils are one of the big reasons I question the validity evolution. Some living fossils, like stromatolites, are supposed to be over 3.7 billion years old (we’ll be looking at those next week), but are still alive and well today – no change, no evolution. This is a common trend with fossils, they appear from nowhere, then never change at all!

Regardless of what you think, living fossils are very real and fascinating things to discover. There are so many examples, from all kinds of rocks and all kinds of animals. We’ll be looking at a vast array of fossils, so many amazing creatures from the past, and what they can tell us. I’m really looking forward to it – hope you are too!

Living fossils come in all shapes and sizes, such as this Pectern – a fossil scallop shell.

 If you find you are interested in living fossils, I strongly recommend the “Living Fossils” book by Carl Werner. Full of amazing photos and interviews from around the world. It’s available HERE.

Also, check out these articles on Creation Research’s website about living fossils HERE

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