7 Prehistoric Animals That Are Still Roaming The Earth Today

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You might have heard about dinosaurs, but they are long gone by now. However, there are still many prehistoric animals that are still alive till now. The good news is they are not as huge as the animals from the past, and most of them are harmless. Well, they have might have unpleasant look but they are totally safe to share the world with us. Take a look at the 7 prehistoric animals that are still around below and let us know your thought.

1. Alligator Gar

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The alligator gar have been dwelling on planet earth for around 100 million years now. Their special feature? Oh, they have double rows of sharp teeth that can penetrate any skin. They have the look of part fish part crocodile, except they have incredible scales that are so big and strong. You can find them in rivers along Gulf Coast in the southern part of the United States.

2. Horseshoe Crab

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Looks like an armor from the past, horseshoe crab has been roaming in ocean for about 450 million years now. They like sandy as well as muddy environment, so you can find them in shallow water easily. Yes, they look nothing like a crab but people them crabs anyway.

3. Jellyfish

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Jellyfish lives forever!!! Since they have been here for 700 million years, you can tell they are undefeatable. They live in the ocean, and you will find them if you dive deep enough. According to science, jellyfish don’t die probably they don’t have brains. Yes, they don’t. There are many species of jellyfish, and some of them is closed to extinction.

4. Martialis Heureka Ant

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This type of ant has been here like forever since 120 million years ago, but people discovered them in 2000. They are living in Amazon rainforest of Brazil, an they have the perfect look of a prehistoric animal.

5. Nautilus

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The fact that they are still alive for 500 million years, they have been surviving several mass extinctions. These mollusks are too strong, or even immortal. You can find them in coral reefs on the Indian Ocean, Western Pacific Ocean, and Central Pacific Ocean. The sad thing is they are closed to extinction now, well you know overfishing by people.

6. Platypus

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The platypus looks a bit like a beaver with the duck talon, and live in the water. You can find them since last 170 million years, and their fossil was discovered in 100.000 years back. They look adorable, too.

7. Triops

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Triops aka Tadpole Shrimps have been here about 200 million years, and they live in water yes. Since they are still alive today, their ancestors might have watched the live show of how dinosaurs gone. You can find them everywhere as long as there is water, even in your room. Yes, right you can make them as your pet as well. You can order them online, yeah. How cool is that to have an animal from million years ago as a pet.


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