All prehistoric animal lovers, we like to discover that, although not a Megalodon or a giant short-faced bear, we can delight with the observation of a tiny prehistoric animals still alive, a being that has not changed for 400 million years and for more joy, it is possible that we have at home.
These animals are called silverfish, fishmoths, carpet sharks or paramites, and are on earth so long ago that saw come and go trilobites, Dunkleosteus, at the very Hurdia Victoria, the well-known T-Rex and even our ancestors like Australopithecus.
This is a prehistoric animal in wingless insects have a long, excluding its limbs, about an inch.
Its metallic luster of the body is due to its silvery scales, which appear after the third molt.
He lives in damp and dark, most often in older buildings, or between books and papers at home.
They feed on carbohydrates such as starch or other polysaccharides. They can also digest cellulose, textiles drilling starch, sugar, hair, dandruff, dirt and mildew, books, cotton, linen, silk, including artificial silk, dead insects or even its own exuvia (shed skin) and mites.
Driven by famine, a silverfish may even indulge skin with clothing (leather) and some fabrics made with synthetic fibers. However, like many insects, is capable of interrupting their vital activity for several months without appreciable harm.
Anyway, I personally think that seeing this animal is a privilege and a gift, it is also harmless to humans (not like cockroaches), and I find it funny when turning on a light or stop run to the small, dark recesses the bathroom ... Probably been that way (hide and seek food in the dark) and have survived so many predators, so many changes in climate, so many disasters, wars and so many years. So next time you see one and go to step on it, think that this is a prehistoric animal.