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Coelacanth

Part of Hall of Vertebrate Origins.

Coelacanth

Coelacanths were thought to have disappeared from the fossil record about 70 million years ago, but in 1938 a fisherman caught a living coelacanth off the coast of South Africa. About 200 more specimens have been found in the western Indian Ocean since then.

These ancient "fish" are actually more closely