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October 28 2012

New Coelacanth Species Discovered in Texas


A new species of hundred-million-year-old coelacanth has been found, according to a new analysis of bone fragments.

One of the world's oldest types of fish, coelacanths (pronounced SEE-la-kanths) are primitive, slow-moving fish that had been thought extinct until an individual was found off Africa in 1938. There are now over 40 known coelacanth species. The two that live today are called living fossils because they have remained virtually unchanged for 320 million years.

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