Latimeria chalumnae

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Synonyms for Latimeria chalumnae

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

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Sequence divergence is evident among the evolutionarily distant species like Sarcophilus harrisii (Tasmanian devil), Xenopus laevis (African clawed frog), Western clawed frog, Latimeria chalumnae (West Indian Ocean coelacanth), Ctenopharyn godonidella (Grass carp), zebra fish, Hymenolepis microstoma (Rodent tapeworm).
It was Charles Darwin who preached the doctrine of 'living fossils', and this fish, jocularly christened 'Old Fourlegs', known in its scientific dignity as Latimeria chalumnae, caught off the coast of East London, South Africa, just before Christmas 1938, was not only a wonderful piscatory prize, but also indubitably the greatest scientific find of the twentieth century.