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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.

living fossil

n
(Biology) an animal or plant, such as the coelacanth and ginkgo, belonging to a group most of whose members are extinct

liv′ing fos′sil


n.
an organism that is a living, virtually unchanged example of an otherwise extinct group.
[1920–25]
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Look out for the living fossil trees, edible ornamentals and bug hotels and hedgehog houses designed to entice the wildlife.
Its unusual properties make Terzan 5 the ideal candidate for a living fossil from the early days of the Milky Way.
Scientists call this species a living fossil because the shell has not changed much after millions of years," says Mohammed.
Unchanged for 200million years, a living fossil which would have been around when dinosaurs roamed the Earth.
This memorial tree both produces cones and loses its leaves each fall; it is considered a living fossil because these trees used to be in Oregon about 30 million years ago.
In the hands of Paabo and his team, each of us becomes a living fossil.
Showing how each living fossil fits into the evolution of life, Fortey argues that his survivors offer "a precious legacy of information from distant days and vanished worlds.
By the 1990s, IBM seemed a living fossil, AT&T the tiny, lizard-like descendant of some great reptile that once ruled its ecological niche.
The giant snail-like nautilus is a living fossil that has been in our waters for about 500 million years.
They have been scooting and waddling on the earth for over 100 million years and in the right light they can be considered handsome, in a prehistoric throwback living fossil sort of way.
It's actually a living representative of the Diatomyidae family--in other words, a living fossil.