Contrary to the Darwinian myth that Darwin coined the phrase ‘living fossil’ in 1859. He never did. The phrase was in fact coined 147 years earlier than previously believed by Welsh scientist Edward Lhwyd.
Here on Best Thinking, everyday throughout November, I am publishing a newly busted myth, or newly discovered fallacy, which is currently being disseminated by the on-line encyclopedia known as Wikipedia.
I am highlighting Wikipedia’s unreliability and dreadful quality of information in protest against its deliberate policy of facilitating and refusing to halt engaging in stealth plagiarism of information from the unique work of expert authors.
At the time of writing, Wikipedia’s senior editors refuse to cite Best Thinking as a reliable source, yet Wikipedia regularly plagiarizes the original content on this site to pass-off my unique myth busting discoveries as though they are discoveries made by its own replicators who refer to themselves collectively as ‘Wikipedians’. Wikipedia passively sanctions this self-serving fraudulent behavior in order to conceal its unreliability and pervasive myth-mongering. (Click here: for the full story).
"The term was coined by Charles Darwin in his 'On the Origin of Species'  :
These anomalous forms may almost be called living fossils; they have endured to the present day, from having inhabited a confined area, and from having thus been exposed to less severe competition.’ "
Darwin habitually gave the self-serving impression that he had coined pre-existing terms and phrases, which explains why faux-sceptical Darwinists have got so much of the history of natural selection and the origins of its nomenclature completely wrong.
‘I have the Account of the living Fossil Muscles attested and signed by the four Persons present at the finding them…’
If you click the link to Lhwyd's attestation (above) you will see that it was published in Philosophical Transactions, which is the journal of the famous Royal Society of London - and is the first ever peer reviewed scientific journal.
Extent of the myth
Just type ‘Darwin coined living fossil’ and filter your search to “Books” – as opposed to Web - to see the endless flock of famous yet uncritical devoted Darwinists credulously replicating the Darwin Coined ‘Living Fossil’ Myth.