Mankind is capable of many wonderful things. Unfortunately, we are also capable of some truly terrible things. Despite our advanced technology and understanding of the world around us, we still hold some very primitive characteristics. One of these is our greed and our desire to get what we want, no matter what damage it may be causing to the planet and the animals we share it with. Sometimes, we can do a great deal of damage even for the slightest of benefits. Our desire for caviar is an example of this, and our craving for what is little more than a spread has led to the near extinction of an incredible animal.
The sturgeon is a very large fish, and one of the largest freshwater fish that we know of. They belong to an ancient lineage, with their ancestors stretching back to the days the dinosaurs walked the earth. Despite being on earth for so long, they are now being threatened by an overly dominant newcomer: humans. The sturgeon is an incredible animal that is among the most impressive of all fish in our waters. As you would expect from such an amazing animal, it comes associated with some amazing facts.
Sturgeon Fact #10: Sturgeon are Living Fossils
The sturgeon has been around for a very long time, virtually unchanged. Sometimes, a species is so well adapted to its environment that no changes will provide any additional benefit. The sturgeon is one such example, and it has remained the same for more than 150 million years.
It is thought the family first evolved around 200-250 million years ago. We know this much about ancient sturgeon because of the fossilized remains we have of them. The fossils show that there is little difference between the sturgeons of today and those that lived so long ago.
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