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Re: when is a Lazarus Taxon not a Lazarus Taxon?



Wow, is there any Jimmy Hoffa taxon?

[]s,

Roberto Takata

On 11/6/06, tholtz@geol.umd.edu <tholtz@geol.umd.edu> wrote:
> Is an Elvis taxon a taxon that is really extinct, but thought by some
> to be still alive (like the Loch Ness plesiosaur)?

An Elvis taxon is when a new species assumes the same form as a previously
existing, but extinct, species. I.e., it is an impersonator of an extinct
form.

There is also the Zombie Effect (when a fossil is reworked and redeposited
in younger sediment).