Animal of the day – 4/26/2012 – The Coelacanth

The Coelacanth

The animal of the day is the Coelacanth. (Did you know: These guys were considered extinct until one suddenly showed up alive off the shore of South Africa! These guys predate dinosaurs!

Oh, and that picture doesn’t do them justice, they’re freaking huge.

Many scientists believe that the unique characteristics of the Coelacanth represent an early step in the evolution of fish to terrestrial four-legged animals like amphibians! I mean, these things have the first versions of backbones and spinal cords!

They also share some similarities to lung fish, which makes strong evidence that these guys shard a common ancestor with the first fish to crawl out of the water onto land, and take a breath of air!

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