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Meet the LIVING FOSSILS

The father of evolution, Charles Darwin, was the first to coin the term ‘living fossil’ in the pioneering book On The Origin Of Species in 1859. He used the term to describe living species bearing a physical resemblance to prehistoric species that once roamed Earth.

However, categorising animals as ‘living fossils’ has caused controversy in the scientific community because it implies that some of today’s species have stopped evolving and remain unchanged from their ancient ancestors.

The truth about ‘living fossil’ species, such as crocodiles, is that they have very similar characteristics to a species that lived millions of years ago, rather than being unevolved for millions of years. To be classed as a living fossil

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