The 2009 Creation Magazine had an article using the Striped rabbitfish (Hydrolagus matallanasi) as an example of a species that has supposedly existed for millions of years, as evidence that the Earth was created 6,000 years ago.

Also, the living and fossil forms are much the same—this latest rabbitfish species, according to Soto, is unchanged in 180 million years—why no evolution in all that (supposed) time?

Putting aside the issue of Young Earth Creationism, is it true that the Rabbitfish has remained unchanged for 180 million years?

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    Also that page is trying to refute the claim you mention; it doesn't make the claim. Maybe include the original claim they refer to because it's not clear from the site what they are trying to refute... might even be a straw man. Jan 30, 2020 at 5:45
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    @JeromeViveiros: Creation Ministries/Creation Magazine are popular enough we can assume that this is notable enough to address. I've focussed the question to avoid a strawman.
    – Oddthinking
    Jan 30, 2020 at 6:13
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    Note that the "why no evolution in all that [...[ time?" is easily and exhaustively answerable by any biologist worth his salt. Just sayin', while biting down on my tongue to avoid doing so.
    – DevSolar
    Jan 30, 2020 at 8:32
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    @JRE: I'm trying to maintain the distinction between "living fossils" - the idea that an extant species hasn't visibly changed in the body structure recorded in the fossil record, and "Lazarus taxon" - the idea that there is a gap in the fossil record where a whole taxa disappears, only for an instance to reappear much later. The coelacanth is from a lazarus taxon, but there is a an argument that it isn't a living fossil - see the intro to its Wikipedia page - because, shock horror, it turns out to have visibly evolved once they looked more closely.
    – Oddthinking
    Jan 30, 2020 at 9:31
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    @Oddthinking: "Why the rabbitfish remaining unchanged doesn't prove the creationists right" wasn't the question. (There it is again, my problem with the whole format of Skeptics.SE being too rigid to actually address "the real WTF" behind the claims asked about...)
    – DevSolar
    Jan 30, 2020 at 9:33


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