For Young Paleontologists: Living Fossils -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Bible and Spade (Second Run)
Volume: BSPADE 14:1 (Winter 2001)
Article: For Young Paleontologists: Living Fossils
Author: Anonymous

For Young Paleontologists:
Living Fossils

Fossils (Latin for “dug up”) are supposed to be remains of very ancient creatures, long ago encased in stone. Yet, many animals living today are identical to fossils supposedly millions of years old. That is not what evolution expects.

Since evolution teaches that things continually evolve into higher, more complex, forms over time, these creatures are a big problem for evolutionists.

My favorite is the coelacanth (pronounced “see-la-kanth”). According to evolutionists, this fish was well known in the fossil record and became extinct about the same time dinosaurs did. Then one day in 1938, a fisherman caught one in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Madagascar (east Africa)! Evolutionists couldn’t believe it.

Research eventually revealed a whole coelacenth community living there. Then in 1998, 50 years after the first living coelacenth was found, a scientist spotted another “fresh” specimen in an Indonesian fish market. As it turned out, local fishermen there were quite familiar with the fish, but scientists were totally unaware they lived in that region. This second community of coelacenths lives in the area of Madado Tua Island (Indonesia)—6, 000 miles from the first group.

The fact that scientists did not know something should not surprise us. Our all-knowing, all-powerful God designed a magnificent universe, and we are just beginning to know all about it.

Living Creatures That Look
Just Like Their Fossils


    Years Supposedly Extinct

Neopilina mollusk

500 million

Lingula lamp shell

450 million


340 million

Horseshoe crab

200 million

Tuatara lizard

200 million


140 million


Catchpoole, D.

2000 ‘Living Fossils’ Enigma. Creation ex nihilo Vol. 22 No. 2:56.

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