I am not talking about organisms that we have declared to have gone extinct in fairly recent memory, like the ones in this video, below. The genetic code of animal kinds can "bring back" a variety by the recombination of genetic material of populations that had been separated in various ways.
This is not a surprise to Creation Science, as we believe that God made all kinds of organisms with rich genetic code so that speciation could allow the organism to continue to reproduce and live on when weather or predation or other factors changed. Organisms change by speciation, the selection of the most beneficial choices from the many possibilities found in the gene pool of the organism. Consider the dog, with so many sizes, shapes, colors and other features that an unknowing scientist, finding them in the fossil record, might classify them as 100 separate types of organism rather than seeing them all as dogs!
I am talking about organisms supposedly extinct millions of years ago which supposedly evolved into modern forms! Much of the Earth is not well known or explored. Missionary friends from Papua New Guinea and Suriname have heard of the reports of dinosaur/dragon animals and the Congo's Mokele-mbembe has been mentioned in sightings and near-misses so often one wonders if perhaps a dinosaur or perhaps a hundred of them are still around, just not where mankind tends to go?
The not-so-reliable Wikipedia probably misses a few Lazarus Taxa,but just look at ALL THE EXAMPLES!!!
According to basic Darwinist interpretation of the fossil rocks (which is more twisted and convoluted than a puzzle garden), organisms found in one layer evolved into the organisms found in the next layer upwards and so on and so forth until we get to modern-day organisms. So since we have found so many organisms that supposed evolved into something else, organisms that were plentiful in one rock layer and then disappeared and considered extinct either magically re-evolved or somehow have some Secret Lazarus Taxa hardened impenetrable biosphere they have now recently abandoned to rejoin the rest of us, right? Or maybe they borrowed a time machine?
Not new, but ‘resurrected’!
Fresh fish—surprise, surprise
‘Deluged and destroyed’
Where are they hiding?
References and notes
by Henry Morris, Ph.D.
the earth is full of thy riches" (Psalm 104:24).
Fossils very similar to living prokaryotes are found in rocks about 3500 million years old.3
Simple eukaryotes, resembling living unicellular algae, are first confirmed in the fossil record about 1500 million years ago and first suspected in rocks almost 2000 million years old.4
The most salient feature of life has been the stability of its bacterial mode from the beginning of the fossil record until today and, with little doubt, into all future time so long as the Earth endures.5
In one of the most crucial and enigmatic episodes in the history of life, . . . nearly all animal phyla made their first appearance in the fossil record at essentially the same time, an interval of some 5 million years (about 525 to 530 million years ago) called the Cambrian explosion.6
And we find many of them already in an advanced state of evolution, the very first time they appear. It is as though they were just planted there, without any evolutionary history. Needless to say, this appearance of sudden planting has delighted creationists.7
The two new fossils . . . from Chengjiang are the most convincing Early Cambrian vertebrates ever found.8
Indeed, the oldest fossils of land-dwelling animals are millipedes, dating to more than 425 million years ago. Incredibly, the archaic forms are nearly indistinguishable from certain groups living today.9
Compared with other life forms, insects are actually slow to evolve new families—but they are even slower to go extinct. Some 84 percent of the insect families alive today were alive 100 million years ago. . . .10
. . . gigantic and astonishingly dragon-like extinct reptiles of past ages.11
The dragons of legend are strangely like . . . the great reptiles which inhabited the earth long before man is supposed to have appeared on the earth.12
The fossil record is often so sparse that . . . there are plenty of cases where groups survived for tens of millions of years without leaving a single fossil.13
1 Sue Rigby, "Graptolites Come to Life," Nature (vol. 362, March 18, 1993), pp. 209-210.
2 "Living Fossil Resembles Long-Extinct Trilobite," Science Digest (vol. 42, December 1957), p. 59.
3 Colin Patterson, Evolution (Second Edition, London, Natural History Museum, 1999), p. 129.
4 Ibid., p. 131.
5 Stephen J. Gould, "The Evolution of Life." In Evolution! Facts and Fallacies, Ed. by J. Wm. Schopf (San Diego: Academic Press, 1999), p. 5.
6 Ibid., p. 38.
7 Richard Dawkins, The Blind Watchmaker (New York: W.W. Norton Co., 1987).
8 Philippe Janvier, "Catching the First Fish," Nature (vol. 402, November 4, 1999), p. 21.
9 William A. Shear, "Millipedes," American Scientist (vol. 87, May/June 1999), p. 234
10 Carl Zimmer, "Insects Ascendant," Discover (vol. 14, November 1993), p. 30.
11 Article "Dragon" in Encyclopedia Britannica, 1949 edition.
12 Article "Dragon" in World Book Encyclopedia, 1965 edition.
13 Peter J. Bowler, Review of In Search of Deep Time, by Henry Gee (Free Press, 1999). In American Scientist (vol. 88, March/April 2000), p. 169.
* Dr. Morris is Founder and President Emeritus of ICR.