Snapping turtles as we know them first walked the earth some 40 million years ago, but they have been virtually unchanged over the past 215 million years of their evolution, according to Tortoise Trust. Although not among the most endangered tortoises and turtles according to the Turtle Conservation Coalition, the snapping turtle is listed as threatened.

Snapping turtles as we know them first walked the earth some 40 million years ago, but they have been virtually unchanged over the past 215 million years of their evolution, according to Tortoise Trust. Although not among the most endangered tortoises and turtles according to the Turtle Conservation Coalition, the snapping turtle is listed as threatened.

Changing Seas: Living Fossils — Charles G Messing

Changing Seas: Living Fossils — Charles G Messing

Platypus - Native to eastern Australia the animal is the only surviving example of its family Ornithorhynchidae. This group of animals is believed to have split from mammals some 166 million years ago.

Platypus - Native to eastern Australia the animal is the only surviving example of its family Ornithorhynchidae. This group of animals is believed to have split from mammals some 166 million years ago.

Laura Butler-Madden - London Kitchen, Christmas Tree, Jessica Zoob, Roundhouse, New England Doors,  Farrow & Ball, Ammonite, Lamp Room Grey.

Laura Butler-Madden - London Kitchen, Christmas Tree, Jessica Zoob, Roundhouse, New England Doors, Farrow & Ball, Ammonite, Lamp Room Grey.

Farrow & Ball 1.  Charleston Gray 2.  Lamp Room Gray 3.  Ammonite 4.  Purbeck Stone 5.  Mole's Breath 6.  Elephant's Breath 7.  Manor House Gray 8.  Skimming Stone 9.  Hardwick White

Farrow & Ball 1. Charleston Gray 2. Lamp Room Gray 3. Ammonite 4. Purbeck Stone 5. Mole's Breath 6. Elephant's Breath 7. Manor House Gray 8. Skimming Stone 9. Hardwick White

Aardvark Best known for being first on any alphabetical listing of wildlife, an…

15 animals that are living fossils

Aardvark Best known for being first on any alphabetical listing of wildlife, an…

The Unlikely Comeback of New Zealand's Weirdest 'Living Fossil' Meet the tuatara, a three-eyed reptile with a 200-million-year-old lineage.

The Unlikely Comeback of New Zealand's Weirdest 'Living Fossil'

The Unlikely Comeback of New Zealand's Weirdest 'Living Fossil' Meet the tuatara, a three-eyed reptile with a 200-million-year-old lineage.

Tuatara

The Creature Feature: 10 Fun Facts About the Tuatara (or, Just the Tuatara of Us)

Tuatara is the only living relative of the dinosaur and are endemic to New Zealand. Often called a "living fossil, Tuatara are amazing creatures.

Tuatara is the only living relative of the dinosaur and are endemic to New Zealand. Often called a "living fossil, Tuatara are amazing creatures.

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