Living Fossils

Challenge #241 in the Life in the Natural World series. Hosted by RuthC.
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What do horseshoe crabs, gingko trees, koalas, dragonflies, tree ferns, cycads, and crocodiles, (but not alligators) have in common? They are all Living Fossils. The fossilised remains of these and other interesting animals and plants have been found to be exact replicas of the animals or plants we see today. For more information and other examples, Google Living Fossils in Wikipedia, or or Show us some of your interesting images of these ancient wonders. Size of your entry: 1,600 pixels on the longer side. Definitely NO pictures of mothers-in-law!
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Space and Time
Shining wings.
Stromatolites, the Original Living Fossils
Dragonfly (Common Darter)
Dragonfly on leaf
Hairy Hawker Male Dragonfly (Brachytron pratense).
Saltwater Crocodile
Golden fossil
Cane toads not fossilizing!
Cycad patterns
Fire salamander
Komodo Dragon
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An Echidna
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