Meeting the Coelacanth, a living fossil

Meeting the Coelacanth, a living fossil


Divers off the coast of South Africa came face to face with a “Living Fossil”, the Coelacanth (from Latin Cœlacanthus “hollow spine”). This 400 million years old species was thought to have disappeared 65 million of years ago but it has been discovered alive in 1938. The discovery shook the scientific world and has been called the biological find of the century. The revelation was the same as if a living dinosaur was found. Coelacanths can be found deep around Madagascar and Comoros Islands. They are considered endangered species. This lobe-finned fish that grow up to 1.8 meters with eight fins, are much different than other fishes and represents the relation between amphibians and fishes.


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