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15 animals that are living fossils

By: Bryan Nelson on Aug. 16, 2010, 12:25 p.m.
Goblin shark illustration

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Goblin shark

These frightening creatures look more like something that should be climbing out of the womb of an alien than anything from this world.

In fact, they are ancient deep sea sharks with unusual snouts that are longer than any other type of shark. They can grow as long as 11 feet. The only good news is that they are never seen in the surface waters where humans swim.