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Friday, August 3, 2007

 

Fisherman catches ‘living fossil’

‘An extremely rare “living fossil” caught by a fisherman in Indonesia is being examined by scientists.

The 1.3m-long (4.3ft), 50kg (110lb) coelacanth is only the second ever to have been captured in Asia and has been described as a “significant find”.

An autopsy and genetic tests are now being carried out to determine more about the specimen. [..]

Scientists previously thought the fish group had died out about 70 million years ago, but were shocked when in 1938 they discovered that a specimen had been caught in a fishing net off the east coast of South Africa.’




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