Species that survived million years.
1. Goblin Shark: 118 million years old
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.
2. Martialis Heureka Ant – 120 million years old
The only terrestrial creatures on the list, these ants may be among the oldest species still living on Earth, but they’re new to human knowledge. That’s because although they’ve been here all this time, scientists only discovered the blind, subterranean ants in 2008, the first discovery of a new ant species since 1923.
3. Frilled Shark – 150 million years old
Another deep-water species, the 150 million year-old shark takes the more eel-like appearance of ancient sharks.
4. Sturgeon – 200 million years old
Another species that is struggling to survive.
5. Horseshoe Shrimp – 200 million years old
We’ve discovered Horseshoe Shrimp fossils that reveal that the shrimp hasn’t changed much in its 200 million years on earth.
6. Tadpole Shrimp – 220 million years old
Although tadpole shrimp have been on Earth for more than 200 million years, they are classified as an endangered species. Will they end their long run of existence before today’s generations of humans? Maybe not. In 2010, scientists discovered a unique trait that gives these animals a shot at continued survival. It seems their eggs can lie dry and dormant for extremely long periods and still create new life when rehydrated.
7. Lamprey – 360 million years old
A Fleshlight for the perverse, these creatures are creepy, eel-like parasites with circular mouth holes filled with dozens and dozens of small, sharp teeth that they use to latch onto fish hosts and suck their blood.
8. Coelacanth – 360 million years old
Coelacanths used to be extinct … but then they weren’t! Well, not really. But we thought they’d been extinct for millions of years until we found one in 1938. Since then, scientists have studied the very rare, endangered fish with great interest because they are so similar to the ancient fish that eventually evolved to crawl out of the water and become the first land vertebrate. In fact, just last week, a team of scientists reported the genome sequence of the coelacanth for the first time. Understanding the coelacanth’s genetic blueprint can help us understand how they evolved into, well, just about everything.
9. Horseshoe Crab – 445 million years old
These walking hardhats are among the most well-known of “living fossils,” having remained virtually unchanged for an astonishing 445 million years on Earth. Canadian scientists found a new horseshoe-crab fossil that dated that far back in 2008. Although the creatures were already considered one of the oldest living animals on the planet, the new fossil proved that they were a full 100 million years older than we previously knew, and yet still the same today as they were all the way back then.
10. Nautilus – 500 million years old
Half a billion years. That’s how long the nautilus has called our planet home, surviving all the major mass extinctions that hit the reset button on life throughout the globe. But now the nautilus is in danger of becoming extinct. Why? Because humans like cool shells. People harvest the nautilus because they prize their unique spiral shells and use them for decoration. But we’ve overfished them nearly to extinction. In places where a person used to be able to catch hundreds per day, now only one or two may be caught.
11. Jellyfish – 505 million years old
Some jellyfish can glow in the dark. Some jellyfish are immortal. Jellyfish don’t have brains. Must be the secret to long life.
12. Sponge – 760 million years old
A lazy, workshy tosser who would rather let his friends pay for everything than put his hand in his own pocket.