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Fig. 111 Coelacanth . Latimeria chalumnae. Length: 1.5m.

coelacanth

a primitive bony fish with lobed fins (as distinct from ray fins). Almost all its relatives were freshwater fossil forms dating from the DEVONIAN PERIOD. Latimeria is a living marine form found round the Comoro Islands off Southeast Africa and collected for the first time in 1938. It is remarkable in that it has remained almost unchanged from its ancestors in the lower CARBONIFEROUS PERIOD, that existed more than 300 million years ago.
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These creatures are often promoted by evolutionists as links between fish and amphibians, as the coelocanth fish was early in the 1900s.
A Fish Caught in Time: The Search for the Coelocanth.
It was the sharp trained, ichthyologic eye of Miss Marjorie Courtenay-Latimer, the young curator of the East London Museum, that described the coelocanth in the slimy piscine jumble laid out on the f'oc's'le deck for her inspection and selection by the trawler's skipper, Hendrik Goosen.