coelacanth

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fish thought to have been extinct since the Cretaceous period but found in 1938 off the coast of Africa

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The team has found several important regions of the genome used in the formation of limbs, which suggest that land animals (tetrapods) adopted these sequences from coelacanths to help them form limbs.
Evidence of the coelacanth disappeared from the fossil record during the last great extinction when more than 50 percent of the world's animal species, including the dinosaurs, were wiped out.
What he lied about was the size of his coelacanth *, and the more he repeated the story the bigger his coelacanth grew, until it was the most massive ever claimed by any humanoid angler, Neanderthal or Cro-Magnon.
In the movie, the blood of the fossilized fish, called a coelacanth, causes a research professor to regress into a murderous, prehistoric ape-man.
Coelacanths are listed in Appendix 1 of the endangered species of CITES, which prohibits international trade in specimens.
1938: A prehistoric fish, Coelacanth, was caught off the South African coast: The first living Coelacanth, a species believed to be extinct since the dinosaurs, was discovered at the mouth of the Chalumna River.
A symposium in which international researchers will discuss the mysteries of coelacanths, also called living fossils, will be held Sept.
Unfortunately, warm surface water kills coelacanths (they're used to 13[degrees]C/55[degrees]F)--none has survived capture for more than 20 hours.
What's more, humans and coelacanths both have subgroups of these genes that zebrafish lack.
There's a particular gene of interest, called HoxD, which contains a sequence found in both coelacanths and four-legged land animals.
In the late 1990s, coelacanths captured near Indonesia became a new species, named Latimeria menadoensis.
Coelacanths fall into this category: Although the living species are remarkably similar to some ancient ones, there are no known fossils of today's coelacanths.
For almost a century, paleontologists thought early coelacanths were close ancestors of the first vertebrates to walk on land.
Two coelacanths caught in Indonesia represent only the second known population of these living fossil fish, despite some 50 years of searching (154: 196*).