10 Prehistoric Creatures That Still Exist Today
- Published on Oct 22, 2017
- Creatures that existed already millions of years ago and survived various eras still live on our planet. These prehistoric creatures are the oldest living species.
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Prehistoric creatures that still exist
Fossils are amazing finds, and they let us take a look at what life used to be like… some of them, though, are still alive and breathing today. Coming up… colossal stingrays, hideous sharks, ancient crustaceans and more. Join us as we take a look at some of the oldest prehistoric creatures that still exist today!
This list is comprised of creatures that, for one reason or another, were able to last the test of ages with their unique evolutionary behavior, but this one is a little more confusing. The giant salamander is the largest amphibian in the world, and it lives in China.
Camouflage is a unique and interesting survival tactic that works for species across almost all walks of life, and the most successful hunters have used this tactic to survive for millions of years.
While a lot of these creatures look odd, some can be downright terrifying. The lamprey is one of the older living fossils, having its ancestors date back a whopping three hundred and sixty million years.
On the topic of horrifying prehistoric monsters, if you’re named after a fantasy villain, odds are good that you’re not a beauty queen. The goblin shark is a beast of the deep, dark seas, and if you looked the way it does, you might prefer a lightless world, too.
Not all of these living fossils are at the bottom of the sea, or off of mysterious coasts. Some live right in the heart of the USA. The alligator gar is a colossal fish that lives in freshwater lakes and rivers in North America.
It’s important to remember that not all prehistoric creatures are horrendously ugly. The Solenodon is comparatively cute. It’s a venomous burrowing mammal that looks a lot like a large shrew, and it lives on islands in the Caribbean.
Insects are found all over the planet, and have been roaming on the ground and in trees for hundreds of millions of years.
The ability to grab and hold your prey has been developed by countless creatures in many unique ways, but once an animal can do it, they tend not to change that much.
Most of these prehistoric creatures appear pretty ancient, but this one really looks the part. The horseshoe crab is one of the oldest living creatures still in existence today. They live in shallow ocean waters and come to shore to breed.
Some creatures are so old that it’s incredibly difficult to determine… well, just how old they are. Sea sponges have been around for longer than we know, and are a unique group of animals that have adapted to all manner of sea living.