A- A A+

Article from:

Creation  Volume 28Issue 4 Cover

Creation 28(4):56
September 2006

Free Email News
Evolution's Achilles' Heels (DVD)
by Various Ph.D. Scientists

US $19.00
View Item
Respiratory & Nervous Systems pack
by Dr Lainna Callentine

US $25.00
View Item
Adam + The World pack
by Russell Grigg

US $15.00
View Item
Exploring Geology with Mr Hibb
by Michael Oard, Tara Wolfe, Chris Turbuck

US $11.00
View Item
Creation  Volume 28 Issue 4 Cover

First published:
September 2006

Browse this issue

Subscribe to Creation magazine

Fossil ant found alive!


Entombed in amber (Figure 1), this beautiful fossil Gracilidris ant isn’t about to run anywhere in a hurry.

Alex Wild <>

Gracilidris ant

How long has it been like that? Conventional dating puts the geological age of such Dominican amber fossils (i.e. amber found in the Dominican Republic, on the island of Hispaniola in the Caribbean) as being from the upper Oligocene or lower Miocene.1 That is, around 15–20 million years old. And with this fossil being the youngest (in fact, the only) specimen of this ant ever identified, the genus Gracilidris has thus been presumed to have been, for many millions of years, extinct.

But surprise, surprise. A myrmecologist (a researcher studying ants) who was familiar with the ancient amber fossil happened to recognize its distinctive features in a live worker ant he observed in South America.2 So, Gracilidris is not extinct, but alive (Figure 2).

Alex Wild <>


Evolutionists’ surprise at finding such ‘living fossils’ is understandable, given the ‘millions-of-years’ they assume elapsed since the specimens were fossilized.

But for Christians, it’s completely different. The Bible tells us that God created everything in six days, only around 6,000 years ago, programming living things to reproduce ‘after their kind’ (Genesis 1). And amber fossils (obviously formed under unusual conditions) likely date from the global Flood of Noah’s day (a most unusual event, by any measure), around 4,500 years ago.3 So it’s no surprise to Bible-believers when such ‘living fossils’ turn up.4

References and notes

  1. Wilson, E.O., Ants of the Dominican Amber (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). 3 The Subfamily Dolichoderinae, Psyche 92(1):17–37, 1985.
  2. Wild, A.L., and Cuezzo, F., Rediscovery of a fossil dolichoderine ant lineage (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Dolichoderinae) and a description of a new genus from South America, Zootaxa 1142:57–68, 2006.
  3. Catchpoole, D., The amber mystery, Creation 25(2):53, 2003.
  4. See, e.g., Catchpoole, D., Gladiator—an ‘extinct’ insect is found alive, Creation 25(2):51–52, 2003,

Refuting Evolution has sold over 500,000 copies! Impressive? But Richard Dawkins’ God Delusion has sold 8.5 million copies. Please support CMI so we can get more of this information out. Support this site

Copied to clipboard
Product added to cart.
Click store to checkout.
In your shopping cart

Remove All Products in Cart
Go to store and Checkout
Go to store
Total price does not include shipping costs. Prices subject to change in accordance with your country’s store.