The term “living fossil” has been used to describe creatures that retain primitive features, have remained unchanged for millions of years, or are members of species-poor taxa. Many of which, incidentally, are unbearably cute. Here are the most adorable of the lot presented in no particular order.
All of the species on this list are critically endangered and will disappear entirely — unless drastic measures are taken to save them.
These species might be lesser-known but they are definitely not lesser-cute! From dik-diks to echidna puggles, learn to love all these baby weirdos!
15-year-old Marlin Shank photographed this extremely rare albino ruby-throated hummingbird in a park in Staunton, Virginia. See more pictures here, and read an interview with the photographer here.
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Frilled sharks are rarely seen fish that usually live thousands of feet beneath the sea and date back to prehistoric times. This so-called “living fossil” was captured after it swam close to the surface in Japan and died in captivity just hours later.
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