Zoologist Maurice Burton wrote in his 1956 book called, “Living Fossils“, “A living fossil is an organism that has survived beyond its era.”
There are species found only in rock strata, and supposedly millions of years old, which have been declared “extinct for millions of years.” Yet in recent decades a number of these “extinct for millions of years” species have been found not to be extinct after all. They are considered a blast from the past.
So many of these “living fossils” have been found that scientists have given a name to the study Cryptozoology, the study of “hidden animals”. According to theory of evolution, they were once alive, then got hidden for millions of years, and continue living today. Here are some of these “living fossils”, all of which are alive today : Coelacanth : A crossopterygian fish that has been supposedly extinct for some 65 million years until December 23, 1938, when one was caught. They are alive today. Metasequoia (“dawn redwood”) supposedly extinct 60 million years is still alive today. Tuatara : A beak-headed reptile extinct some 135 million years, but is still alive today. Neopilina : A segmented deep-sea mollusk. Although missing from the strata for the past 500 million years, it is still alive today. Lingula : A brachiopod shellfish supposedly extinct some 500 million years is still alive and well on planet Earth. Okapi : Known only from fossil records to be extinct for 30 million years was discovered in 1901 by Sir Henry H. Johnston ( given the scientific name Okapi johnstoni). The first live capture of a Okapi was in 1903. Wollemi Pine, extinct for millions of years has been found alive and thriving. According to Science News, (June 9, 1990, p. 359), a species of dogwood tree (Diplopanax stachyanthus), was believed by botanists to have died out about 4 million years ago. Apparently only fossil records remained of this tree.
The existence of living fossils is a serious one for the evolutionists. Evolutionary theory is based on several concepts, two of which are violated here. (1). If a species becomes extinct, it cannot come back to life. (2). Species evolve upward, and can never return back to an earlier form.
The only explanation for living fossils is then they were created fully formed and only thousands of years has past, not millions, since they were created. There has not been one transitional fossil found of any creature in the fossil record. These living fossils point to a Creator and His name is the Lord Jesus Christ. It tells us the fossil record of layers of strata have only been recently laid down at a time when there was a world-wide flood in Noah’s day.
For more information on living fossils go to http://www.wikipedia.com.