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Living Fossils

Humans evolved into their present form about 200,000 years ago. But some species alive today saw the dinosaurs come and go. They haven’t changed much in hundreds of millions of years.

Take a look at these "living fossils" — as Charles Darwin called them — to see if you can discover the secret of their longevity.


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7 of the Coolest Living Fossils

7 of the Coolest Living Fossils

The soledon, which looks like a shrew with a Pinocchio-sized nose, makes its own venom. The species has also been on Earth for 76 million years. Take a look at this living fossil and six others. More...

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Popular Science
Vampire Squid Turns Inside Out

Vampire Squid Turns Inside Out

Will human activity wipe out this cephalopod after nearly 300 million years? Watch it turn itself almost inside out. More...

Video
National Geographic
Horseshoe Crab: The Living Fossil

Horseshoe Crab: The Living Fossil

Some 5,000 times older than the human species, the horseshoe crab is certainly one weird looking life form. Take a peek. More...

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Discovery
Tapirs

Tapirs

Somewhere between a pig and a small elephant, the tapir is actually related to horses and rhinos. Little changed over millions of years, these living fossils are an endangered bunch. More...

Article
National Geographic
‘Living Fossil’ Coelacanth Genome Sequenced

‘Living Fossil’ Coelacanth Genome Sequenced

New research shows the lungfish is the closest relative to the early tetrapods, the first creatures to drag themselves out of the ocean.
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BBC
Anatomy of the Coelacanth

Anatomy of the Coelacanth

Scientists thought the Coelacanth had died out with the dinosaurs. Then it turned up in a fisherman's net. Explore its crazy anatomy here. More...

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NOVA/PBS
Blue Blood at $15,000 a Quart

Blue Blood at $15,000 a Quart

Kings and nobles don't really have blue blood. But horseshoe crabs do. And it might save your life one day. Find out how. More...

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NATURE/PBS
Dinofish: Finding the Coelacanth

Dinofish: Finding the Coelacanth

Watch as deep sea divers find a coelacanth. They marvel at its bizarre, "walking" motion, and at its tail, unseen in any other fish today. More...

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National Geographic
Other Fish in the Sea

Other Fish in the Sea

Coelacanths aren't the only living fossil fish. One species can go without eating for nearly a year. Another inspired a rock band. Get the details. More...

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NOVA/PBS
Rediscovered Hula Painted Frog ‘Is a Living Fossil’

Rediscovered Hula Painted Frog ‘Is a Living Fossil’

Professor Sarig Gafny first thought they'd discovered a frog that was declared extinct in 1996. Then he found out it belonged to a group of amphibians that died out 15,000 years ago. Get the details. More...

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BBC
Weird Creatures of the Deep

Weird Creatures of the Deep

You wouldn't want to shoot real oddball organisms, but you can blast away at this game's creatures. Have some virtual fun. More...

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Nickelodeon/Addicting Games

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