The fossil record that some call the geologic column which is depicted in many science textbooks and museums supposedly shows which life-forms existed at any particular time in history. One such group of animals called the dinosaurs walked the earth during what are called Jurassic and Triassic periods and later became extinct.
According to traditional scientific thinking, such creatures should not be found on earth today. Because the geologic column shows they fell victim to extinction many millions of years ago. However, several discoveries of “living fossils” have cast doubt on this long-accepted interpretation of the fossil record.
Perhaps one of the most stunning and most famous of these living fossils is the Coelacanth.. So ancient that its fossils first appeared in strata from the Devonian period, with an estimated age of 350 million years. The last fossils of them were estimated to be 70 million years old that were discovered in the Cretaceous period. But things changed dramatically in December 1938 when a fishing trawler captured a living coelacanth off the eastern coast of South Africa. Scientists were so stunned by this discovery that it was akin to finding a living dinosaur in a remote patch of jungle! If the coelacanth was the only discovery of a living fossil, scientists could of dismiss them off as an oddity. But this is not the case because there is a growing list of living fossils that have been discovered in recent years.
Another such living fossil is a pine tree that according to the traditional interpretation of the geologic column was supposed to have been extinct for more than 100 million years. But that all changed in 1994 with the discovery of the Wollemi Pine found on an isolated grove in a rain forest preserve about 125 miles from Sydney, Australia. Another such pine tree called the Dawn Redwood was discovered in China in 1941.
By no means are these the only examples of living fossils. These are simply examples of animals and plants that based on where they were found in the fossil record scientists had assumed had died out millions of years ago.
Here are some more living fossils that are also in the fossil record. Nautilus, horseshoe crab, cockroach, dragonflies, ants, spiders, squid, shrimp, lobsters, even alligators and crocodiles all can be found in the fossil record. All these living fossils look practically similar with few variations. In spite of much wishful thinking on the part of secular scientists, the fossil record and the living fossils do not and cannot be made to agree with Darwinism.