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The coelacanth

Coelacanth fossil

Fossil coelacanths
Coelacanths have been around for millions of years and they haven't really changed much. This is a photograph of the tail section of a fossil coelacanth on display in the Museum. It was found at a famous site called Solnhofen in Germany and is about 150 million years old.
All coelacanths have lobed fins and a lobed tail. Can you see this in the fossil? Run your mouse over the image to see if you are right.

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