Saturday, 19 June 2010

The oldest pelican looked just like today’s pelicans

Pelicans have had their long beaks for a very long time.

Joel Kontinen

Evolution is often defined as change over time but fossil discoveries frequently tell a very different story. Recently, doctor Antoine Louchart of the University of Lyon, France, found a ”30 million”-year-old pelican fossil in a colleague’s collection. It was originally discovered in the 1980s in southern France.

Louchart told BBC that the fossil resembled today's pelicans. The surprisingly well preserved fossil is almost like a copy of pelicans still living.

Like living fossils, non-living fossils often give support to the after its kind principle found in Genesis.


Walker, Matt. 2010. Oldest prehistoric pelican also had big beak. BBC News (11 June)