Is the Shark a Living Fossil? (Part 1 of 2)

Is the Shark a Living Fossil? (Part 1 of 2)

Scientists tell us that sharks are so primitive, they should be thought of as living fossils. Today we take a closer look at these amazing denizens of the deep.

This is the Creation Moments Minute.

Grey reef sharkDid you know that there are over 350 species of shark? These remarkable creatures range from about the size of a shrimp to the whale shark that can be over 60 feet long. Most people view sharks as an ancient form of primitive fish, often because they are popularly presented to the public as a so-called “living fossil.”

The truth is, sharks are not primitive or simple. In fact, many scientists who classify living things are uncomfortable classifying sharks as fish, preferring instead to call them “fish-like vertebrates.”

On our next program, we’ll take a look at what makes sharks quite different than fish.

For Creation Moments Minute, I’m Darren Marlar.


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