New coelacanth find rewrites history of the ancient fish (page 2)

Canadian researchers have discovered a new species of Triassic coelacanth, a fish presumed extinct until a population was found off the coast of Africa in the 1930s, while digging through a trove of museum fossils, reports Jennifer Viegas for Discovery News. The coelacanth (pronounced SEE-la-kanth) is a primitive, slow-moving fish that is often referred to as a living fossil because it has existed largely unchanged for more than 300 million years. But the new discovery, dubbed Rebellatrix, is bizarre compared to other coelacanth discoveries, either living or extinct, according to Andrew Wendruff, a University of Alberta biologist. Wendruff told Discovery news that the coelacanth measured more than three feet long and resembled a tuna, because of its fork-like tail. "Since the tail of a fish is used for locomotion, much can be deduced about the type of locomotion as well as its lifestyle," Wendruff explained. "Fish with forked tails are able to achieve higher speeds and sustain them over a greater period of ti

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