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8 Freaky-Looking Prehistoric Creatures That Still Exist Today

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It seems that today we’re living in a world devoid of ancient horrors that haunted prehistoric people, and while it may be true to some point (T-Rex is gone for sure), there are still some creatures left around that haven’t changed much since they first appeared millions of years ago. Most of these critters aren’t huge in size (Krakens and Giant Squids are hard to find these days) but they really do look peculiar and sometimes downright frightening. It seems that Mother Nature has completely forgotten about their existence and evolution just stopped at some point. Here are 8 weird creatures that haven’t changed much for the last few millions of years.

 

 

Horseshoe Crab
Ever wondered what kinds of animals have been walking the Earth before the dinosaurs first appeared? Well, this is what some of them looked like. These incredible survivors are 540 million years old and have successfully outlived some of the more menacing and aggressive species. Maybe it was the fierce-looking shell that has protected them for millions of years, or maybe it were the 5 pairs of eyes they have. Two of them you can actually see poking from the shell. Horseshoe crabs are related to the more ancient trilobites that once inhabited our planet. Their blood is even used for testing vaccines and drugs.
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Giant Squid
While scientists are still not sure as to the age of this species (it might very well turn out to be a more ‘modern’ animal), this Giant Squid surely looks like it belongs in the prehistoric era. Caught in the waters of Antarctica, this huge animal weighed 770 pounds and was as long as a huge bus. Colossal squid sightings are something you only read about in books or hear from salty mariners, but here it is – the stuff of legends!
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