Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Eel- The Newest Living Fossil

The eel joins the long list of living fossils. Image courtesy of Wikipedia Commons.

Joel Kontinen

The list of living fossils is becoming longer with almost every passing month. The newest addition is an eel recently discovered in the Pacific Ocean. Found in an underwater cave, the eel was dubbed Protoanguilla palau.

Its discoverers, a joint US– Japanese team, published their findings in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B. They stated:

In some features it is more primitive than recent eels, and in others, even more primitive than the oldest known fossil eels, suggesting that it represents a living fossil' without a known fossil record.”

Protoanguilla palau looks just like the “early” eel fossils that are assumed to be 200 million years old.

Darwinian evolution is supposed to be about change, but as some evolutionists like the late Dr. Stephen Jay Gould admitted, it has more to do with stasis.


Eel-a-saurus: scientists hail new species a ‘living fossil’. Global Post. 17 August 2011.