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Living Fossils

... representative of “living fossils” makes us recall antique mythology. A myth of ancient Greece tells us a story about the sculptor Pygmalion, who, disappointed in his contemporaries, carved his ideal of feminine beauty. A beautiful marble statue called Galatea ... ... shifted to one of the edges was found. After a thorough examination of the specimen, a conclusion was made that it belonged to molluscs, not to modern groups widely represented in seas and oceans, but to monoplacophorans , believed to be extinct long ago....

Modified: 30.05.2006
ancient organisms , Pygmalion , mosses , horse-tails , ginkgo biloba , nautilus , horseshoe crabs , molluscs , extinction
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