There is living species that were previously thought to be extinct.They call these creatures "living fossils" because they thought they could only be found in the fossil record. As more and more extinct species reclaim their spot on the zoological living species list. There is a need to give more credence to cryptozoology (study of hidden or extinct animals). The world is a large, vast place and there have been dozens of animal species who were labeled extinct, only to reappear years later.
Many cryptozoologists believe there are many more "extinct" animals that are living in remote corners of the world, only to be found by the most relentless and patient of researchers. Here is a few of such creatures that are now called "living fossils".
The finding of a living coelacanth (latimeria chalumnae) in 1938 was one of the greatest moments in cryptozoology. It proved that even scientists did not know what animals were living amongst us. Up until then, this large fish was known only as a fossil, and was thought to have died out with the dinosaurs during the so called Cretaceous period, some 65 million years ago. More coelacanths have been found alive off the coast of South Africa. There has been another colony found of coelacanths, living off the coast of Indonesia.
Here is another "living fossil" that scientists call the Okapi (pronounced o-CAP-ee). Its scientific name is Okapia johnstoni. Here is a quote from R. Milner in his book, "Encyclopedia of Evolution" (1990), p.102. " In the 19th century, hunters reported tales among Congo tribesmen of a large, cloven-hoofed animal with a giraffe-like head and zebra stripes on its hind quarters and legs. Most zoologists dismissed it as a local legend, but Sir Harry H. Johnston was fascinated when, he read about this unknown beast of the deep forest. Years later, he launched an expedition in search of the creature, which the natives called okapi. After a nearly disastrous series of misadventures, he finally captured an okapi in 1906. One of the few large mammals discovered in the 20th century, the okapi turned out to be a living representative of the genus Palaeofrogus, known from fossils and believed by zoologists to have been extinct for 30 million years.
Then there is the tuatara, a beak-headed reptile, thought to have been extinct 135 million years ago, is alive today. The horseshoe crab is also considered a living fossil which was only found in the fossil record until recently being rediscovered. Crocodiles and alligators of today are found in the fossil record but are alive today. Why did they not die out when the dinosaurs supposedly did some 65 million years ago.
The zoologist, Maurice Burton wrote in his 1956 book titled, "Living Fossils", "a living fossil is an organism that has survived beyond its era." But actually "living fossils" prove creation. This means that the fossil record is not millions of years old. But only recently the layers of sedimentary rock have been laid down from the worldwide Flood of Noah's day, Because the creatures we see as living fossils today, look the same as the fossilized skeletons found of them.
For more information on living fossils go to http://www.creationwikipedia.org .