living fossil


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living fossil

[′liv·iŋ ′fäs·əl]
(biology)
A living species belonging to an ancient stock otherwise known only as fossils.
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It may turn out that the political framework of the 20th century--in which conservative and moderate factions in each of the two parties overlapped, and shifting bipartisan coalitions were always the way things got done--was the anomaly, a living fossil dating from the peculiar history of the post-Reconstruction South.
Perhaps this living fossil could be planted upright in the ground.
In growing intellectual isolation, this once-celebrated scientist became "something of a crank," Lindley concludes, "a living fossil.
VAMPYROTEUTHIS INFERNALIS This has the great name of 'vampire squid from hell' and is a living fossil.
It's now outlived any predator,'' she said of the tree species, one of the oldest on Earth, that she calls a living fossil.
I'm not sure I believe in the living fossil idea," says ecologist Steven Austad of the University of Idaho, who specializes in research on aging and has studied wild opossums.
Indeed, it verily was a living fossil, and, more than that, 'a great-uncle, forty million times removed', of the human race.
The tree squirrel Sciurus (Sciuridae, Rodentia) as a living fossil.
The so-called living fossil, thought to be the forerunner of land vertebrates, presumably went off the scope at the close of the Cretaceous period 65 million years ago.
An international team of researchers analyzed the amphioxus, also known as lancelet - a living fossil, of sorts, that was long considered to be a faceless and brainless fish.