Some people claim that a validation of evolution as a science is its predictive power. To back up this claim, they rustle up some vague generalities, other things that can be explained by other means, conflation of "evolution" with "natural selection", and a few actual predictions that worked a little.
Evolution is touted as an irresistible, inexorable law of nature — organisms will evolve. Not hardly. Things that don't get huge coverage in the sensationalist science press are the dead ends and things that refute evolution. Living fossils are a real nuisance for them, but they have their double speak handy, often claiming that something didn't evolve because it didn't need to. Yeah, that makes sense. Any excuse in a storm, right?
Here's something that is in strata that doesn't normally contain fossils, can't be fully classified, but has a very strong resemblance to something that is living today.
A strange, new, mushroom-shaped species discovered alive on the deep seafloor near Australia—more than 3,000 feet below sea level—may be a record-breaking living fossil. Researchers investigated the anatomy of this phenomenal animal and published their finds in the online journal PLoS ONE. The creature has a pharynx running down the center of a central stalk, leading to "gastrovascular branches" that look like leaf veins running through a soft disc-like body part. It's not a jellyfish, sea squirt, or sponge.You can read the rest about the doggone gramma or whatever it is by clicking on, "550 Million Years of Non-Evolution?"
Because it doesn't fit current categories of biology, the search is now on to find out what this creature is, and if or how it might relate to other animals—such as its basic phylum. Every phylum includes a very broad group of creatures. For example, phylum Cnidaria includes all forms of jellyfish, but excludes all other creatures. But so far, this new mushroom-shaped species "cannot at present be placed in an existing phylum." It does, however, have a genus: Dendrogramma.