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Coelacanth



Coelacanth

Scientific Classification
  Kingdom Animalia
  Phylum Chordata
  Class Sarcopterygii
  Subclass Actinistia
  Infraclass Coelacanthimorpha
  Order Coelacanthiformes
Coelacanths are an order of lobe-finned fish related to lungfish and tetrapods. They first appeared in the Devonian period, and for many years, were believed to have gone extinct at the Cretaceous period. However, a living specimen was found in a fishing net brought ashore in South Africa in 1938 (and since then other specimens have brought ashore at a number of locations around the Indian Ocean).

Coelacanth were very successful and widespread from the Devonian until the Cretaceous. Scientists now think that what happened is that they suffered a near total extinction at the end of the Cretaceous. that wiped out all shallow-water species, and left only hard-to-find deep-water species (fossils are rarely lifted from, or recovered from, deep-water locations). Because of their apparent disappearance from the fossil record for millions of years, and their later discovery alive, Coelacanths are known as a "Lazarus taxon".

One interesting aside about Coelacanths is that they are offered described in the popular media as having been unchanged for millions of years, but this is not the case. Neither of the two currently known living species, nor any other members of their genus, have been found in the fossil record.

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Coelacanth is a lobe-finned fish that first appeared during the Devonian

Coelacanth is a lobe-finned fish that first appeared during the Devonian


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A Fish Caught in Time: The Search for the Coelacanth
By Samantha Weinberg

Harper Perennial
Released: February 6th, 2001
Paperback (220 pages)

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  • PartNumber: Illustrated
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  • Edition: First Edition
  • Number of Pages: 220
  • Author: Samantha Weinberg
  • Publication Date: February 6th, 2001
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The Amazing Coelacanth
By Mike Bruton

Penguin Random House South Africa
Released: July 10th, 2018
Paperback (64 pages)

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  • ISBN: 1775845028
  • EAN: 9781775845027
  • PartNumber: 130
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  • Number of Pages: 64
  • Author: Mike Bruton
  • Publication Date: July 10th, 2018
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The Annotated Old Fourlegs: The Updated Story of the Coelacanth
By Mike Bruton

University Press of Florida
Released: March 6th, 2018
Paperback (328 pages)

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  • Brand: University Press of Florida
  • ISBN: 0813064643
  • EAN: 9780813064642
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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Number of Pages: 328
  • Author: Mike Bruton
  • Publication Date: March 6th, 2018
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Coelacanth: The Greatest Fish Story Ever Told (The Aquitaine Reluctant Readers Series) (Volume 2)
By Mary Jo Nickum

Aquitaine Ltd
Released: December 4th, 2016
Paperback (78 pages)

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  • ISBN: 0998085804
  • EAN: 9780998085807
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  • Number of Pages: 78
  • Authors: Mary Jo Nickum, Mary Jo Nickum
  • Publication Date: December 4th, 2016
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Mystery Fish: Secrets Of The Coelacanth (On My Own Science)
By Sally M. Walker

Millbrook Pr
Released: July 15th, 2005
Library Binding (48 pages)

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  • ISBN: 1575056380
  • EAN: 9781575056388
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  • Number of Pages: 48
  • Author: Sally M. Walker
  • Publication Date: July 15th, 2005
  • Release Date: July 15th, 2005
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Fossil Fish Found Alive: Discovering the Coelacanth (Carolrhoda Photo Books)
By Sally M. Walker

Brand: Carolrhoda Books
Released: January 1st, 2002
Library Binding (64 pages)

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  • ISBNs: 9781575055367, 1575055368
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  • Number of Pages: 64
  • Author: Sally M. Walker
  • Publication Date: January 1st, 2002
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Coelacanth 2018 (Volume 7)
By Corbin Riley

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Released: March 28th, 2018
Paperback (198 pages)

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  • ISBN: 1986620611
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  • Number of Pages: 198
  • Author: Corbin Riley
  • Publication Date: March 28th, 2018
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Living Fossil: The Story of the Coelacanth
By Keith Stewart Thomson

W. W. Norton & Company
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  • Edition: Revised ed.
  • Number of Pages: 255
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Extant: The Coelacanth Project Book 1
By Sarah Newland

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Released: August 12th, 2019
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  • Number of Pages: 319
  • Author: Sarah Newland
  • Publication Date: August 12th, 2019
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History of the Coelacanth Fishes
By Peter Forey

Springer
Released: November 30th, 1997
Hardcover (420 pages)

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  • Edition: 1997
  • Number of Pages: 420
  • Author: Peter Forey
  • Publication Date: November 30th, 1997
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