Display 2 – LIVING FOSSILS – for more information see pamphlet 297
This display shows you something fossilised, and alongside it a present day example which is just the same as the fossil. The leaf of the Amber tree compares well with a fossil Amber leaf’. See a living Horse-shoe crab, beside one fossilised in limestone together with its fossilised tracks. The Coelacanth fish fossil was once thought to be an example of a fish becoming an amphibian: that is, until a living one, like the fossil in every detail, was fished up from deep down in the Indian Ocean. Again, a living soft-shelled turtle is identical with a fossil turtle found in Germany. The Plane tree leaves, one fossil, one living. are the same. except that one is probably thousands of years old. A bat fossilised in the Eocene layer is just like that bat today. Equally, the fossil wasp is the same as today’s wasp.
The fossil evidence shows that creatures remain unchanged with time and do not evolve into something different.