7 oldest animals preserved in their original form to this day


Surprisingly, some prehistoric animals that lived side by side with dinosaurs and saber-toothed tigers have survived to this day. Millions of years of evolution and climate change have hardly affected their appearance, leaving a formidable reminder of the hard times of the past.

A large, terrible, deep-sea predator with a harmful, secretive character. Keeps all marine life at bay

The creature is found in all warm and temperate waters of the world’s oceans. The goblin is the last surviving member of the Late Cretaceous Scapanorhynchus sharks.

The largest specimen caught by humans reached 3.8 meters in length and weighed 210 kg. The monster’s nose contains electrosensitive cells that allow it to find food in pitch darkness, and the jaw is able to move forward sharply.

The creature feeds on everything that is smaller than it in size and has no natural enemies, except for humans. A hard-to-reach habitat and our lack of gastronomic and economic interest allow the predator to avoid the latter.

The fish, familiar to mankind thanks to expensive gourmet caviar, has existed unchanged for 200 million years. Atlantic and white sturgeon

Unfortunately, the sturgeon was less fortunate than the goblin. The fish is valuable for its meat, caviar, dorsal string, eaten, and the swim bladder, from which high-quality glue is made. The sturgeon was included in the Red Book and is at risk of ending its multimillion-dollar history.

Another victim of human appetite. The largest modern amphibian, with a history of 170 million.

Despite its formidable appearance, the salamander is completely harmless to humans and feeds only on fish, insects and invertebrates. According to scientists, the creature will not survive the human era, dying from environmental pollution and purposeful capture.

The iguana-like creature lives only in New Zealand. Tuatara existed unchanged for 200 million years and is of interest for studying the evolution of all lizards and snakes.

Body length

The crocodile family is the same age as the goblin shark and willingly attacks everything around, including humans: they kill 1500-2000 people a year.

Despite the fact that in the Cretaceous period crocodiles were noticeably larger, the appearance of reptiles has changed little.

Living fossil. Like crocodiles, over the course of time, shtitniks became smaller in size, but retained their basic prehistoric morphology.

Shitni lived in the Paleozoic, 300 million years ago. Today it is a small crustacean

On the surface, you can’t say so, but sponges are the simplest multicellular creatures that belong to the animal kingdom. They have neither tissues nor organs. Their functions are performed by cell layers.

The sponge is fed by filtering water, which is driven through a complex aquifer system. According to various estimates, the evolutionary history of the creature

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