Paleonet: Known First as Fossils - Clarification

Carl Mehling cosm at
Wed Mar 7 14:37:05 GMT 2007

Hi All,
Some have suggested that I look into "living fossils." The examples I 
am looking for are not necessarily "living fossils." To me, that term 
describes taxa whose lineages have an extremely long geological 
records and which persist today in basically the same form. This 
would be things like Latimeria, cockroaches, Lingula, lycopods, etc. 
But I am only looking for taxa that were first known as fossils and 
then were subsequently found extant. This would include things like 
the XXX known from 4 million year old fossils and then later found 
alive today, as well as things like coelacanths, but not things like 
horseshoe crabs. I also wouldn't consider the XXX a "living fossil" 
because of its relatively recent oldest fossil occurrence.

Carl Mehling
Fossil Amphibian, Reptile, and Bird Collections
Division of Paleontology
American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West @79th Street
New York, NY  10024
(212) 769-5849
Fax: (212) 769-5842
cosm at
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