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The 8 Oldest Animal Species on Earth

By Steven Romano Nov 21, 2013

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Lungfish

As we said earlier, coelacanths aren’t the only kind of fish to have lobed fins. Lungfishes, endemic to South America, Africa, and Australia, share this trait with their long distance relation as well, but they’re actually capable of using these fins to walk short distances from one body of water to another. And as their name implies, lungfishes sport lungs in addition to gills. However, there are only three remaining species of lungfish; many went extinct during the separation of the prehistoric supercontinents.

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Steven Romano

Like Captain America, Steven Romano is just a boy from Brooklyn. When he isn't contributing to The MindHut and other geeky websites, Steven's hard at work writing his first novel and comic book scripts. Follow him on Twitter @Steven_Romano, and swing by his blog: stevenromano.tumblr.com

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