How does a creature exist for millions of years seemingly unchanged and unoticed until now? In these pages you will find the secret, the marvel...and the curse!
This is the astounding coelacanth ("see-la-kanth"), the fusion of life and time, that following a supposed extinction of 65 million years, head-lined into human consciousness with its discovery alive in 1938. Nicknamed "Old Four Legs" and the "Living Fossil," Latimeria chalumnae- the Coelacanth- quickly became the continuing obsessive focus of journalists, crypto biologists, scientists, eccentric explorers, aquariums, divers, film makers and billionaires.
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The world's most complete coelacanth bibliography links off the bottom of the Biology and Behavior page.
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