Friday, 18 September 2015

Nautilus, “500 Million Year Old” Living Fossil Seen Off Papua New Guinea

Allonautilus scrobiculatus shell. Image courtesy of Mgiganteus1,Wikimedia Commons.

Joel Kontinen

The nautilus belongs to the long list of living fossils. Evolutionists believe that it has hardly changed in “500 million years”.

There are many valid scientific reasons for suspecting any dates in the millions of years, however.

In August, for the first time in almost 30 years, researches spotted an Allonautilus scrobiculatus swimming off the coast of Papua New Guinea.

New Scientist acknowledges that nautiluses sometimes “appear almost unchanged from 500-million-year-old preserved specimens.”

The ever-growing list of living fossils challenges a theory sometimes defined as change over time.

Other living fossils include the Wollemi Pine (Wollemia nobilis), cycads, sharks, the tuatara (Sphendon punctatus), spiky anteaters, koalas, red pandas, starfish and the horseshoe crab.

Even when living beings change over time, they appear to do so according to the Genesis after its kind principle.


Wong, Sam. Living fossil nautilus re-emerges after 30 years of hiding. New Scientist 3039 (16 September).