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  • Nope. Too much like my day job.

    How about Neotrigonia?

    September 19, 2008

  • But you won't make a list of lazarus taxa?

    Bummer.

    September 18, 2008

  • I'm not particularly interested in making a list of living fossils, c_b. I prefer the concept of a lazarus taxon, one that has a large gap in its known evolutionary history, to that of a "living fossil". Everything living today has been evolving for the same amount of time, and anything older than 10,000 years old is a fossil by definition, so lots of things qualify as living fossils. But I'm happy to comment, and make suggestions of lazarus taxa (like wollemi pine).

    By the way, the next issue of American Paleontologist is going to feature living fossils.

    September 18, 2008

  • Mollusque, do you have a living fossils list? Or anything like that? It seems like with your depth of knowledge, these words/concepts would be much more accurate and reliable coming from you!

    September 17, 2008

  • Cool ant, lousy reporting! It's not the first new ant species discovered since 1923--dozens of new ant species are named every year. What makes it unusual is being a member of a previously unknown group that branched off early in ant evolution. Also, the species isn't 120 million years old, rather, it's estimated that its lineage diverged from other ants about 120 million years ago.

    See here for a more accurate report.

    September 17, 2008

  • Wow!

    You know, though, I think I'd take exception to scientists determining my age by using DNA samples from my front leg.

    September 17, 2008

  • Just discovered, a 120-million-year-old species of ant, seen here.

    September 17, 2008