The most terrible of modern animals
• The most terrible animal modernity
You do not even suspect that humanity shares a planet with a mass of completely living relics that extended back hundreds of millions of years ago. Scientists are scratching their heads over the whims of evolution - in fact, do not really understand why, in the particular types of cases do not develop, and if frozen in their unaltered state. Maybe they are the crown of evolution?
Fortunately, the encounter with this shark is not threatened even the most daring divers. Sharks goblins inhabit very deep, attacking prey retractable (remember "Alien") jaw.
One hundred and fifty million years - at this age decent animals have become extinct hurl. But not a viper, the body which looks the most unsuited to the harsh reality of our days.
Scientists called tardigrades perfect beings: for hundreds of millions of years of evolution, these microscopic create have not changed - all also withstand all conditions, from extreme heat to radiation. Space? In space, tardigrades feel great.
Language can be broken. It is the world's largest salamander, which appeared on the planet has 170 million years ago.
Short-sighted aquarists often fall into the trap by planting this cancer in the aquarium. His claws cancer-mantis is able to put an incredibly powerful blow that can not withstand even the thick glass.
Contrary to popular opinion, the capybara is not such a rare animal. In South America, the rodent is found on the shores of many lakes. Moreover, the capybara is often taken as a pet - and even have no idea what brought the animal with a pedigree in 9 million years.
And here at the okapi is not so rosy, like capybaras. The last members of the species (less than 10 thousand individuals) settled in the Congo - not the safest area of the planet.
This mollusc has appeared 500 million years ago in the Paleozoic era. Here evolution has decided that already has done everything possible: looks exactly the same today Nautilus, and life is the same as his ancestors.
It is unclear why scientists decided to give it a harmless relative of the squid is a cruel nickname. Vampire squid grows only 15 centimeters in length and feeds on plankton.
Throughout his life, purple frog holds deep in mud. She has appeared 130 million years ago, but scientists have found it only in 2003 - guess where? That's right, under a thick layer of slime.