MEALWORM

25 million years

Period: Oligocene
Location: Dominic Republic

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This life form, a member of the family Tenebrionidae (darkling beetles), is actually a kind of larva. The larvae of beetles in this family are agricultural pests, of which the fossil mealworm pictured is one of the best known. The larva in amber, pictured here, reveals that there is no difference between mealworms that lived 25 million years ago and those living today, and is one of the findings that refute the theory of evolution. It is important proof that living things never evolved, and that all living things, in the form of different species and complex organisms, were created with the same features they have today.

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