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These freaky, 170-million-year-old giant salamanders are going extinct

These freaky, 170-million-year-old giant salamanders are going extinct Once a plentiful and thriving species in China’s freshwater rivers, it is now thought that there could only be a few giant salamanders left in the world. This is according to a massive wildlife survey conducted in China, as reported by the BBC. The animals, which have survived for over 170 million years without much change and are considered by many scientists to be a “living fossil,” are in rapid decline due to overconsumption as a food source; this ancient amphibian has actually become a delicacy in upscale Chinese restaurants in recent years. The salamander has been all but eradicated from its natural environment, despite it being illegal to hunt and…

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