living fossil

(redirected from Living fossils)
Also found in: Dictionary, Encyclopedia.

living fossil

n.
An organism, such as the coelacanth or ginkgo, that is similar in appearance to its fossilized distant ancestors and usually has no extant close relatives.
The American Heritage® Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2007, 2004 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.

living fossil

an organism such as COELOCANTH or Ginkgo (GINKGOALES) which had previously been known only from fossil forms, and was thought to be extinct prior to its discovery.
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005
Mentioned in ?
References in periodicals archive ?
Living Fossils is a fascinating book providing an examination of "living fossils": plants and animals that retain characteristics of their earliest ancestors.
Here, he sets himself the task of exploring the "living fossils," or those "messengers from deep geological time" that have survived nearly unchanged throughout the earth's cataclysms over the last 450 million years (including the breakup of continents and two mass extinctions).
Rednile and Living Fossils are the other Shed-based enterprises you will find at the Art Fair.
Part I has three sections-- The nature of maps The propositional logic of the map and Reading Land of living Fossils. Part II has eight sections-- Threatened nature Nature as cornucopia Nature as a mystery Threatening nature Possessable nature Nature as a park Nature as grandeur Nature as a system These sections are complemented by a bibliography, a list of key maps and paragraphs about the authors.
He said that solar energy resource needs to be tapped and promoted, especially in areas where wood from natural forests is used as energy source, such as Juniper forests which are considered as 'living fossils'.
"People have always perceived crocodiles as these slowly evolving, living fossils. That's just nonsense," he added.
Alligators have been described as living fossils, having survived on earth for 200 million years.
The first three titles in the programme will be: The Civil Servant's Notebook by Wang Xiaofang, a novel centred around a corrupt provincial government department; A Peking Murder: Or Murder at Fox Tower by Paul French, a true crime book about a girl murdered in 1936; and Living Fossils: The Pandas of China's West by Dr.
Elizabeth Grossman's story, "Living Fossils" (page 27), introduced me to the amazing ecosystems of deep-water coral, the oldest living organisms on the planet.
Although his family stories were vague about the beginning of the Inuit's lives in America, Peary II quickly comes to the realization that his kinsmen were the subjects of study for early anthropologists, many of whom, like Franz Boas, viewed the Eskimos as "living fossils" for study.