Wednesday, May 26, 2010

May 26, 2010 : Coelacanth


The coelacanths, which are related to lungfishes and tetrapods, were believed to have been extinct since the end of the Cretaceous period. The coelacanth is actually more related to tetrapods than the ray-finned fish. They were considered the "missing link" between the fish and the tetrapods until the first Latimeria specimen was found off the east coast of South Africa, off the Chalumna River in 1938.

The first specimen of this species was only photographed at a local market by Arnaz and Mark Erdmann before being bought by a shopper.

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