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400 million years old and going along swimmingly. So what’s the ...


400 million years old and going along swimmingly. So what’s the big deal?

The latest coelacanth to be spotted, this time off the KZN coast, is actually a very big deal indeed. Here’s why


Much like foreign tourists rushing to tick off the big five on their whistle-stop African Safari, it was almost as if the latest discovery of a coelacanth near Hibberdene late last year was a case of “been there, done that”.

After all, the first recorded coelacanth was found off the coast of East London in 1938. It was a discovery that animated the scientific community and large sections of the public.

And it made headlines across the world, because here was proof that a prehistoric “four-legged” fish, a 400-million-year-old creature that predated dinosaurs and was possibly a distant relative of early land animals, was still alive and had not become extinct...

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