Posted by: David Gelsthorpe | March 4, 2010

Fossil fish rises from the dead

This film shows a fish that was believed to have been extinct since the Cretaceous period 65 million years ago! Living fish were reported off South Africa as recently as 1938. Footage showing how it moves around has meant we can understand this group of fossils in a way we can only dream of for other extinct plants and animals.

Devonian fish showing Coelacanth-like tail

This is called a Coelacanth which is s type of lung fish. Lungfish can gulp air from the surface of the water to breath. It has very characteristic lobe shaped fins on fleshy stalks.

If you compare it to Devonian examples from more than 370 million years ago the fins are almost exactly the same.

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