A living fossil is a group of organisms that disappears from one or more periods of the fossil record, only to appear again later.
- Alejandro de Humboldt National Park rare large shrew-like insectivore Cuban solenodon Solenodon cubanus (EN), considered a living fossil (UNEP-WCMC) Link
- Greater Blue Mountains Wollemia Link
- Huangshan Gingko Biloba Link
- iSimangaliso Wetland Park Coelacanth Link
- Kinabalu Park The mountain flora has diverse 'living fossils' such as the celery pine and the trig-oak, the evolutionary link between oaks and beeches. (AB ev)
- Lagoons of New Caledonia Nautilus Link
- Mount Wuyi Gingko Biloba Link
- Namib Sand Sea welwitschia Link
- Ohrid Region Lake Ohrid is so old and isolated by surrounding hills and mountains that a unique collection of plants and animals has evolved. These include a number of relict species, or “living fossils” (including Ohrid trout (Salmo letnica)) Link
- Shark Bay Stromatolite Link
- Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries Gingko Biloba Link
- Three parallel rivers of Yunnan Gingko Biloba Link
- Viñales Valley Microcycas calocoma, cork palm, "a living fossil of the Cretaceous phanerogamic flora" (AB ev)
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