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living fossil

an organism that is a living example of an otherwise extinct group and that has remained virtually unchanged in structure and function over a long period of time, as the coelacanth and the horseshoe crab.
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1920-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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living fossil

an animal or plant, such as the coelacanth and ginkgo, belonging to a group most of whose members are extinct
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