Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Fact of the Day: Coelacanth

Coelacanths are an order of fish that were first discovered as fossils. Since no living specimens were found, it was assumed that they had perished in the Late Cretaceous along with the dinosaurs. However in 1938, they were found to be alive off the coast of South Africa. The earliest fossils date back to the Devonian period (long before the dinosaurs emerged in the Triassic) which means Coelacanths have changed very little since their origins roughly 400 million years ago. Despite living as a species for so long, Coelacanths are still a very endangered species. 

9 comments:

  1. 400 million years sure shows that they find a way to survive.

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  2. Wow, that is incredible! Too bad about them still being endangered. I hope that changes.

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  3. Interesting...I reading stuff like this!

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  4. does that make him one of our kinfolk?

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  5. That's the first I'd heard about this.

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  6. Interesting that nature seemed the design of this fish to be so perfect that it remains unchanged after 400 million years.

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  7. It's amazing that Coelacanths survived throughout so much Earth history.

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  8. It's incredible to imagine these same creatures swimming around 400 millions years ago. I wonder what lies in store for them now!

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