FEROCIOUS ANIMALS

Seven of the oldest marine species still alive today

Marine species are the oldest life forms on Earth, with some dating back millions of years.

Despite their longevity, many of these species are endangered due to human impact on the oceans.

Here are seven of the oldest marine species still thriving today, a true treasure trove of ocean biodiversity.

By © Hans Hillewaert, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4657582
Seven of the oldest marine species still alive today
Marine species are the oldest life forms on Earth, with some dating back millions of years. Despite their longevity, many of these species are endangered due to human impact on the oceans. Here are seven of the oldest marine species still thriving today, a true treasure trove of ocean biodiversity.
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Sponge
Estimated age: about 890 million years.
By U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Northeast Region - Hoseshoe Crab, Public Domain, https://commons.w
Horseshoe Crab
Estimated age: 480 million years.
By Fred Hsu (Wikipedia:User:Fredhsu on en.wikipedia) - Photo taken and uploaded by user, CC BY-SA 3.
Jellyfish
Estimated age: about 700 million years.
By Tiit Hunt - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=17861470
Lamprey
Estimated age: 450 million years.
By Hemming1952 - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=75505720
Greenland shark
Estimated age: 450 million years.
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Nautilus
Estimated age: about 500 million years.
By Bruce A.S. Henderson - Fraser, Michael D.; Henderson, Bruce A.S.; Carstens, Pieter B.; Fraser, Al
Coelacanth
Estimated age: 410 million years.
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