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Anatomy of the Coelacanth

  • By Peter Tyson
  • Posted 01.01.03
  • NOVA

Scientists thought the coelacanth died out 66 million years ago, because it vanishes from the fossil record then. But in 1938 a live coelacanth was hauled up in a fisherman’s nets off South Africa. Since then, another surviving species has turned up in Indonesia. Here, in our clickable coelacanth, see what makes this ancient fish stand out from all others.

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