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Discovery Magazine 5/1/2019

Spotlighting "Living Fossils"

Chambered Nautilus

The chambered nautilus is a squid-like mollusk that has a spiral shell with as many as 30 chambers. (Some of these chambers are filled with gas and help the nautilus float.) Evolutionists contend the nautilus evolved more than half of a billion years ago—even before the first trees appeared (or so they say).

Fossils of this marvelous creature have been discovered in layers of rock that evolutionists (mistakenly) suggest go back some 500 million years ago. Yet, the nautilus is not extinct, but extant. (It’s still living today.)

In truth, the chambered nautilus did not evolve millions of years ago, but was created by God on day five of Creation (only a few thousand years ago) and has remained virtually unchanged ever since. Indeed, the nautilus is still a nautilus.


Dragonflies in the 21st century are several inches smaller than their fossil counterparts (some of which are incorrectly said to be over 300 million years old). Yet, once again, the animal remained the same kind of animal (despite being smaller today). The fossil record bears witness to the fact that dragonflies have always been the wonderfully designed flying marvels they are today.

Horseshoe Crab

If you’ve ever been to the beaches of Florida, it is quite possible that you’ve seen a horseshoe crab. These cool-looking, hard-shelled, blue-blooded marine arthropods are alive and well in the 21st century. Yet, their fossils appear in layers of rock that evolutionists say are more than 450 million years old.

So what happened to horseshoe crabs during all these “hundreds of millions of years”? The fact is, they did not evolve “from” or “into” anything. Rather, just as the Bible and real science reveal, horseshoe crabs have always been well-designed marine arthropods that have produced after their own kind—ever since God created them during the Creation week.

Gingko Tree

According to evolutionists, Gingko trees were thriving on Earth 240 million years ago—even before many dinosaurs allegedly evolved. Interestingly, Gingko fossils are absent in rock layers that supposedly represent many millions of years, yet these trees are still alive today.

Evolutionists seem to overlook one very important lesson from living fossils: plants and animals can live long periods of time (allegedly millions of years) without leaving behind fossil evidence. That is, simply because fossils are absent in certain rock layers does not mean the plants or animals were non-existent during the alleged millions of years it took those layers of rock to form. It simply means that they were not rapidly buried and fossilized at that particular location.


Have you ever thought about how it really would not be a big deal to find a dinosaur in modern times? After all, evolutionists believe that various species of crocodiles lived many millions of years ago—even back during the time of the dinosaurs. Yet, here we are. Crocodiles are alive and well today. And they are still crocodiles—nothing more and nothing less.

Laotian Rock Rat (WolfmanSF) 2019

This little mammal was once thought to have gone extinct 11 million years ago and only known to us today by looking at its remains in the fossil record. However, only a few years ago in southeast Asia, Florida State University scientist, David Redfield, took the first known photos of this still-living creature—the Laotian rock rat.


Alligator Gar

One of the more bizarre-looking fish in the world has a big snout and large teeth, somewhat like an alligator, thus its name—alligator gar. Of interest is the fact that these animals are said to look “prehistoric” and allegedly go back 100 million years in the fossil record.

Once again, the living “fossil” looks like its fossil counterpart. Why? Because ever since God created sea creatures to “multiply, and fill the waters of the seas,” they have done so “according to their kind” (Genesis 1:21-22). Indeed, animals reproduce (and have always reproduced) after their own kind. Living fossils only help to prove this fundamental biblical and biological fact. (Ghedoghedo) 2019 CC-by-sa-2.5

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