TIL about zombie taxa. A zombie taxon is a fossil specimen that somehow gets washed out and re-deposited into much younger rock, making it seem like the animal was walking around long after it had gone extinct.

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That’s really cool! How can palaeontologists tell the difference between a zombie taxon and a fossil that matches the time period of the rock it’s embedded in?


You mean like Madonna?


Their are also Lazarus Taxa, which are animals that are thought to have gone extinct at a certain time, only to reappear later in the fossil record.


What about Zombie Texans?


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