from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various mostly extinct fishes of the order Coelacanthiformes, known only in fossil form until a single living species, Latimeria chalumnae of African marine waters, was identified in 1938.
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- n. Either of two species of deep-water fish, Latimeria chalumnae of the Indian Ocean and L. menadoensis of Indonesia.
- n. Any lobe-finned fish in the order Coelacanthiformes, thought until 1938 to have been extinct for 70 million years.
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- n. fish thought to have been extinct since the Cretaceous period but found in 1938 off the coast of Africa
Speaking of very confused, the coelacanth is a ‘living fossil’ in the sense that the two known contemporary species belong to a very old subclass, previously thought to be extinct.
The coelacanth is a large predatory fish that lives in deep water mainly in the Indian ocea, although specimens have recently been found off Indonesia.
Someone went digging in the Company archives and discovered that the coelacanth was a Dr. Zeus special.
The coelacanth was a five-foot-long fish thought to have died out sixty-five million years ago, until a specimen was pulled from the ocean in 1938.
A research team from Indonesia's Sam Ratulangi University, Indonesian Science Institution and Fukushima Aquamarine Japan on Monday once again found prehistoric fish called coelacanth at Talise waters of North Minahasa in 155 meter-depth.
Tiktaalik, Menton said, is not unique in having these bones because other lobe-fish, such as "coelacanth" fish, also have them.
For years, the coelacanth which is found in fossil layers allegedly 70 million or more years old was believed to be an extinct transitional form, one of the “proofs” of evolution because of its fleshy, lobed fins.
It’s identified as a coelacanth, a fish long thought to be extinct.
It’s identified as a coelacanth, a fish thought to be long extinct.
I had these books and the coelacanth was their big find and they were like 'Whoa, it exists,'"he said after the match.
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