Friday, 6 February 2015

Chinese Living Fossil Thrives after "70 Million Years' " Absence from the Fossil Record

A Metasequoia occidentalis fossil. Image courtesy of Wikipedia.

Joel Kontinen

Living fossils share the same story. Once, they were thought to be extinct until in our days someone found a living specimen.

In the fossil record, the Metasequoia or dawn redwood appear in the Mesozoic Era known as the age of reptiles. Then for “70 million years” there is no indication that they were still living.

Until 1944, when a Metasequoia glyptostroboides was discovered in the Sichuan–Hubei region of China. The tree grows up to 60 metres (200 feet) in heightso it is not very easy to miss.

Today, thousands of these “living fossils” are growing in many parts of the world.

An astonishing variety of living fossils have been found all over the world. They vary from small to medium size to large:

· Bacteria
· Schrimp
· Scorpions
· Horseshoe crab
. Crinoids
· Dragonfly
· Cockroach
· Ferns
· Cycads
· Wollemi pine
· Sharks
· Coelacanth
· Eel
· Crocodile
· Turtle
· Spider
· Jellyfish

Evolutionists might claim that these species did not evolve because their surroundings did not change, but the truth of the matter is that the list of living fossils is getting too long for them to invoke this explanation that does not work.