This horrifying shark is 118 million years old, but doesn’t show up much due to the fact that it resides in THE BOWELS OF HELL. Or the really deep ocean.
Martialis Heureka Ant
Clocking in at 120 million years old, we only recently discovered the underground ant.
Another deep-water species, the 150 million year-old shark takes the more eel-like appearance of ancient sharks.
Another species that is struggling to survive, the sturgeon – at 200 millions years old – is losing its battle due to the popularity of caviar. Maybe they should try to have less delicious eggs.
We’ve discovered Horseshoe Shrimp fossils that reveal that the shrimp hasn’t changed much in its 200 million years on earth.
The 220 million year-old shrimp is classified as endangered, but it was just discovered that their dehydrated eggs can still hatch once rehydrated.
Another super creepy dinosaur, the 360 million year-old Lamprey is a giant parasite that suctions itself onto hosts and drains them of blood.
We thought this other 360 million year-old fish was extinct, but they cropped up once again in 1938.
These walking hardhats are 445 million years old, and are another species that hasn’t changed much at all since it was created.
This amazing species has been on earth for half a billion years, but because of their striking shells, they’re being fished almost to extinction. That’s why we can’t have nice things.
They edge out the Nautilus by just 5 million years, but that’s only as far back as we can date them. They could very well be much older than that.
The sponge is the oldest species on the planet (As long as you don’t count microorganisms – and really, who does?) coming in at a staggering 760 million years old.