Are there fossils of animals alive today?

Author: BibleAsk Team

Examples of Living Fossils That Exist Today

1-Evolutionists thought that fish known as coelacanths were “close ancestors of the first vertebrates to walk on land” (1). Coelacanths supposedly evolved 380 million years ago and became extinct about 70 million years ago (2). But in December 1938, a living coelacanth was captured off the coast of South Africa (3).

2-In 2006, French scientists found a shrimp-like crustacean (Neoglyphea neocaledonica) in the Coral Sea which allegedly died out 60 million years ago (4).

3-The latest living fossil caught is the “prehistoric” frilled shark (5). This creature (named Chlamydoselachus anguineus) supposedly lived 95 million years in the fossil record (6). It was given the name “pre-historic” shark. But it is a real living fossil (7).

The Bible Account of the Creation of Creatures and Man:

“20 Then God said, “Let the waters abound with an abundance of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the face of the firmament of the heavens.” 21 So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” 23 So the evening and the morning were the fifth day.

24 Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth the living creature according to its kind: cattle and creeping thing and beast of the earth, each according to its kind”; and it was so. 25 And God made the beast of the earth according to its kind, cattle according to its kind, and everything that creeps on the earth according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth” (Genesis 1:20-28).

In His service,
BibleAsk Team


(1) Perkins, Sid (2001), “The Latest Pisces of an Evolutionary Puzzle”.

(2) Raven and Johnson, 1989, p. 857.

(3) “Diver Finds Living Fossil” (2006), Science Now, California Academy of Sciences.

(4) “Living Fossil’ Found in Coral Sea” (2006), The Associated Press, May 19.

(5) Rare ‘Prehistoric’ Shark Photographed Alive” (2007), National Geographic News.

(6) Schmiedekampf, Katrin (2007), “Japanese Marine Biologists Discover a Pre-Historic Shark.”

(7) Butt, Kyle (2006), “What is a Living Fossil?” Reason & Revelation.

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