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Living fossils

Duration: 01:00

Some fossils are almost identical to animals alive today - these are known as living fossils. David Attenborough compares the fossilized crocodile jaw to that of a living crocodile. A 150 million year old dragonfly fossil has the same body plan as a modern dragonfly. And we know what creature lived in a 50 million year old nautilus shell, because pearly nautiluses still swim in the Pacific today.

Available since: Fri 7 Aug 2009

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Lost Worlds, Vanished Lives Episode 2:PUTTING FLESH ON BONE

2/4 Fossil mysteries - could pterodactyls fly? And why did trilobites have such good eyes?

First broadcast: 30 Apr 1989

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