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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.
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living fossil

n
(Biology) an animal or plant, such as the coelacanth and ginkgo, belonging to a group most of whose members are extinct
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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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These anomalous forms may almost be called living fossils; they have endured to the present day, from having inhabited a confined area, and from having thus been exposed to less severe competition.
A "ghostly" and "anemic" galaxy believed to be a "living fossil" from the birth of the universe has left scientists baffled.
Because of its isolation -- which resulted in hardly any interaction with other galaxies -- and its age, Bedin 1 is the astronomical equivalent of a living fossil from the early Universe.
Humour isn't always intentional, but a few crisp one-liners elicit chuckles like when one grief-stricken crew member caterwauls: "That living fossil ate my friend!" Leading man Jason Statham (pictured) glowers on cue and removes his shirt for a gratuitous topless scene to verify he is in excellent gym-toned shape even if his film is bloated.
Humour isn't always intentional, but a few crisp one-liners elicit chuckles, like when one griefstricken crew member caterwauls: "That living fossil ate my friend!" Leading man Jason Statham (pictured) glowers on cue and removes his shirt for a gratuitous topless scene to verify he is in excellent gym-toned shape even if his film is bloated.
g Lea Jas glc Humour isn't always intentional but a few crisp one-liners elicit chuckles like when one grief-stricken crew member, who barely escapes the jaws of the killer fish, caterwauls, "That living fossil ate my friend!" Leading man Jason Statham glowers on cue and removes his shirt for a gratuitous topless scene to verify he is in excellent gym-toned shape even if his film is bloated.
The decomposition of this living fossil, which art historian Georges Didi-Huberman compares in the catalogue to a "bullet-ridden wall from a civil war," is a natural process more than a gesture guided by the hand of man.
ON THIS DAY LAST YEAR: DNA was sampled from a "living fossil" jungle squirrel dubbed "the ultimate Pokemon" because no scientist has ever observed one of the creatures alive.
Look out for the living fossil trees, edible ornamentals and bug hotels and hedgehog houses designed to entice the wildlife.
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.
It has remained unchanged for 200million years, a living fossil which would have been around when dinosaurs roamed the Earth.