living fossil definition

  • noun:
    • An organism, such as for example a coelacanth or the ginkgo, this is the only enduring person in an otherwise extinct taxonomic team.
    • Any species discovered first as a fossil and believed extinct, but which is later found living.
    • Any living species which very closely resembles fossil family relations generally in most anatomical details.

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