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)
|Greater Blue Mountains
|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
|Los Alerces National Park
|"Other distinctive fauna includes the “Monito del Monte” (Dromiciops gliroides - NT) a nocturnal marsupial which is monotypic, endemic to Patagonia and a “living fossil” which can be linked to ancient and extinct marsupials." (AB ev)
|Namib Sand Sea
|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))
|Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries
|Three parallel rivers of Yunnan
|Microcycas calocoma, cork palm, "a living fossil of the Cretaceous phanerogamic flora" (AB ev)
|iSimangaliso Wetland Park
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