Oldest Fossil Lobster

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Oldest fossil lobster found according to a report in National Geographic, 3 May 2007. Scientists at National Autonomous University of Mexico have studied a fossil lobster and have dated it as being 110 million years old. That makes it 20 million older than the previous record holder for fossil lobsters. The fossil is named Palinurus palaceosi and was found in a quarry in Chiapas, Mexico along with numerous other crustaceans and fish. It belongs to a genus of lobster that is alive today in Africa. The researchers suggest that the fossil site is where lobsters first evolved. Geologist Francisco Javier Vega Vera commented: “The important message that we can give is that the evolution of these groups of crustaceans needs to be reviewed, since the specialists of the world thought that it started much later. We could call them living fossils, since they have had a consistent morphologic pattern throughout many millions of years.”

Editorial Comment: We are happy to call this lobster a living fossil, because living fossils provide some of the best evidence that the creation account in Genesis is true. Having “a consistent morphologic pattern throughout many millions of years” is another way of saying these lobsters have not changed since this fossil lobster was buried. This means lobsters have reproduced after their kind, as Genesis states, rather than evolving from or into anything else. (Ref. shellfish, crustacean, arthropods)

Evidence News 15th August 2007

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