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:

Pat Hatt said...

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

Martha said...

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

Minoru Saito said...

Hi! Nice information!

Jenn said...

Interesting...I reading stuff like this!

JACKIESUE said...

does that make him one of our kinfolk?

Mary Kirkland said...

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

stephen Hayes said...

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

Fundy Blue said...

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

Moving with Mitchell said...

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