Meet the living fossil, the "ancient" fish

“Dinosaur” Fish found by Divers in South Africa

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Scientists believed that the ancient fish had gone extinct 66 million years ago, but rediscovered on the coast of South Africa in 1938.

On a video from NatGeoWild, a group of divers in South Africa comes face to face with a Coelacanth.

 

Meet the living fossil, the “ancient” fish

Coelacanths (“see-la-kanth”), meaning “hollow spine”, also known as “Old Four Legs” and called as the “Living Fossil” because it’s current form hasn’t changed in the past hundred millions of years.

They were also considered as transitional species between fish and tetrapods. They can grow up to 6.5 feet and weight about 200 pounds. They have cosmoid scales as an armor and they have 8 fins: 2 dorsal fins, 2 pectoral fins, 2 pelvic fins, 1 anal fin and 1 caudal fin.

 

The Dinofish of the new generation.
The Dinofish of the new generation.

 

As a food, these lungfishes are not good to eat because its flesh are hard to digest and produces different compounds that are not good for human consumption. Source: Wikipedia

Video by NatGeoWild on YouTube.

 


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