Examples of Living Fossils Refute
the Theory of Evolution

Plant Fossils

All living things were brought into existence with God’s command, “Be!” God possesses the might to create them in their present states at any period in their history—the fact that evolutionists fail to understand, that they try to ignore. Yet the fossil record declares the “Fact of Creation” in a manner too evident to dismiss.

A 35-million-year-old willow tree branch.

A fossil pinecone, some 20 million years old.

A fossil Alethopteris plant, 300 million years old, and its counterpart of today. 

A fossil belonging to a flowering plant (Archaefructus liaoningensis), regarded as one of the oldest fossil plants yet discovered. This fossil, which goes back 130 million years, contains the distinguishing feature of all flowering plants, including female ovaries containing seeds. It is no different from present-day flowering plants.

This fossil of a variety of plane tree leaf found near Kizilcahamam, Ankara, Turkey dates back 18 million years. It has exactly the same features as plane tree leaves of today.

Greatly magnified fossil pollen.

This pollen grain is one of the earliest-known types of angiosperm pollen, from the Cretaceous period (146-65 million years ago). It is produced in exactly the same form by various plants today.

Millions of proofs that refute evolution are exhibited in living fossils.

A 345- to 270-Million-Year-Old Fossil Scale Tree









Lepidodendron (scale tree) is a plant that lived 345 to 270 million years ago. As can be seen in the enlarged photograph of the fossil, the leaf scars—places where the leaves began on the twig—are very clear. One can even see the centers of diamond-shaped leaf scars where the veined corymb passed to the leaf stalk. This tree survives in exactly the same form today.

Quercus hispanica. This fossil specimen of an oak tree that lived some 145 million years ago is identical to present-day oaks.

The Sphenopterid plant, with its fern-like leaves, has a complex structure. It is no different from present-day plants, and the leaves can be seen very clearly. This specimen dates back to the Carboniferous period (325 to 290 million years ago).

This plant, Senftenbergia plumosa, consists of dividing, compound leaves, and dates back to the Carboniferous period (300 million years ago).

This tree fern, fossilized in rock, is perfectly preserved (300 million years old).

The tree fern is a plant of today growing up to 6 meters in height.

A tree fern that lived 365-290 million years ago, which is no different from present-day specimens.


The seven heavens and the Earth and everyone in them glorify Him. There is nothing which does not glorify Him with praise but you do not understand their glorification. He is All-Forbearing, Ever-Forgiving.
(Qur'an 17:44)


Today’s tree, Cryptomeria japonica, is identical to a 300-million-year-old fossil.
A 350-million-year-old swamp plant and a similar specimen of the present day.
Sweetgum leaf fossil, approximately 55 millon years old. These trees generally grow up to 25 meters in height and are one of the best-known living fossils in today’s world.  

These plants—having survived down to the present while undergoing no changes over hundreds of millions of years—are the most important evidence that refutes the theory of evolution.


It is He Who sends down water from the sky from which We bring forth growth of every kind, and from that We bring forth the green shoots and from them We bring forth close-packed seeds, and from the spathes of the date palm date clusters hanging down, and gardens of grapes and olives and pomegranates, both similar and dissimilar. Look at their fruits as they bear fruit and ripen. There are signs in that for people who believe.
(Qur'an, 6:99)