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The coelacanth

Coelacanth model

The coelacanth
This is a photograph of the coelacanth model on display in the Museum. Very few people have seen a living coelacanth, but it has been described as a very beautiful fish - about a metre long and bright blue in colour.
All coelacanths have a lobed tail and stout, lobed fins. It was these fins that made people think that the coelacanth could be similar to the fish that first crawled on to land millions of years ago. Scientists now think that this is not the case, but the coelacanth is still known as 'old four legs'!

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