The geologic column used in textbooks and museums of natural history supposedly gives us fossils of extinct animals and plants. But is this the correct means of dating fossils because the fossil record that has dated fossils that are supposedly millions of years cannot account for the living fossils that are found in the fossil record. Because they are alive today.
Perhaps the most stunning and famous of these "living fossils" is the coelacanth. Fossils of the unusual fish appears in strata from the so called Devonian period, about 410 million years ago. Paleontologists believed the coelacanth died out with the dinosaurs about 65 million years ago. They have not found any fossils later than the so called Cretaceous period. But things changed, with the spectacular find in December 1938 of a living coelacanth captured off the coast of South Africa. Scientists were stunned. This discovery was like finding a live dinosaur in the remote jungles of Africa or South America. But this was not the only coelacanth found. About 14 years later another one was captured. but it does not end there. They have other colonies of coelacanths near Indonesia. Local villagers have been eating these fish for generations. If the coelacanths were the only creatures found alive, that were supposed to have been long extinct, then we might accept their discovery as an oddity that proved little or nothing. But the list of such living fossils has grown considerably in recent years.
The Wollemi Pine, is a pine tree according to the geologic column, that was supposed to have been extinct for more than 100 million years. But this all changed in 1994, with a very remarkable discovery. "Venturing into an isolated grove in a rain-forest preserve 125 miles from Sydney, Australia, the Parks and Wildlife Service officer (David Noble) suddenly found himself in a real-life Jurassic Park, standing amid trees thought to have disappeared 150 million years ago...The discovery is equivalent of finding a small dinosaur still alive on Earth, said Carrick Chambers, director of the Royal Botanic Gardens... The closest relatives of the Wollemi Pines died out in the Jurassic period, 190 million to 135 million years ago, and the Cretaceous period, 140 million to 65 million years ago" (Salt Lake City Tribune, December 15, 1994, p. A10).
Another tree, the Dawn Redwood, was discovered in China in 1941. But the Encyclopedia Britannica says, "Discovered first as fossils in Miocene (23.7 to 5.3 million years ago) deposits, it was assumed to have become extinct until it was discovered growing in Szechwan province in China. Its distribution in the late Mesozoic and Tertiary (66.4 to 1.6 million years ago) was throughout the Northern Hemisphere." (Internet version, 200,"Gymnosperm").
A living fossil that belongs to the extinct order Rynchocephalia, which are not lizards but are closer to dinosaurs are called tuatara. It is a lizard-like animal found only on several islands off the coast of New Zealand. According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, "This creature has two pairs of well-developed limbs and a scaly crest down the neck and back. Unlike lizards, it has a third eyelid, which closes horizontally, and a pineal eye, an organ of doubtful function between two normal eyes. The tuatara also has a bony arch, low on the skull behind the eyes that is formed by the presence of two openings in the region of the temple. The bony arch, which is not found in lizards which has cited that tuataras are survivors and closely related to Homeosaurus, which lived 150 million years ago. The Encyclopedia Britannica adds that the tuatara is "a reptile that has shown little morphological evolution for nearly 200,000,000 years since the early Mesozoic.
By no means are these the only examples of living fossils. There are many examples of animals and plants that, based on where they were found in the fossil record, scientists had assumed they died out millions of years ago but there still alive today. Such as the cockroach (250 million years), starfish (500 million years), shark (181 million years), sea urchin (100 million years), gingko tree (200 million years), dragon fly (170 million years), and bacteria (600 million years). Living fossils, that are found in the fossil record does not and cannot be made to agree with Darwinism. Many species in the fossil record remain unchanged for these so called millions of years, and are virtually unchanged from species we see alive today? The reason because they reproduce "after their kind", according to the Bible in the First Book of Moses called Genesis.