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17 animals that are living fossils

By: Bryan Nelson on March 11, 2019, 10:30 a.m.
Elephant shrew inside the zoo of Antwerp.

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Elephant shrew

Their common name suggests otherwise, but these odd-nosed animals are not related to shrews. Though their taxonomic classification is still debated, elephant shrews share a relationship to other distant and distinct animals such as aardvarks, elephants and even manatees.