Another living fossil
that seems to lack a great survival strategy is the Hawaiian monk seal, the oldest living pinneped-the family of fin- footed mammals that includes seals, walruses and sea lions.
Very highly recommended to reptile collectors and nature/reptile enthusiasts with a scientific orientation, Tuatara, A Living Fossil
by Dick Lutz is an informed and informative history of the Komodo Dragon enhanced with complete reference to being the only reptile with its own reptilian order strictly defining itself.
Zoologists (scientists who study animals), on the other hand, value the coelacanth as a living fossil
The elephant shark is something of a living fossil
- it's the slowest evolving vertebrate we know of," research leader Tim Hore said in the statement.
The survival of this living fossil
is a striking example of resilience to severe habitat degradation during the past century by an amphibian.
The species is so old it has been described as a living fossil
, with its family - the Araucariaceae - having been traced to the Mesozoic era, which started 250 million years ago.
Webbs plants' buyer, Paul Valentine, said: "This is a unique chance to grow your own living fossil
and help conserve this rare plant.
They) would hear his story and learn about the incredible biology that makes his species a living fossil
and one of the oldest living vertebrate genera on the planet.
We believe that such a long, independent evolutionary history, dating back to the early Mesozoic (about 200 million years ago), retention of several primitive anatomical features and apparently restricted distribution, warrant its recognition as a living fossil
," he added.
DISCOVERY: The purple frog has been described as a living fossil