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    Latimeria menadoensis
    Having existed for over 300 million years, the Coelacanth was presumed to have vanished from our planet along with the dinosaurs during the KT extinction event, 65 million years ago. Then one day in 1938, one of these "living fossils" was caught off the coast of Africa; incredible enough, but then a second species was discovered in Indonesia in the late '90's (making them officially a Lazarus taxon, a species vanished from the fossil record that reappears some time later). Predatory lobe-finned fish, they are part of the lineage of limbed fish that crawled onto land and became the ancestors of all terrestrial animals. It is incredible that they have survived every major extinction event almost unchanged in the past 375 million years, but today they are considered an endangered species. Modern coelacanth specimens are only in a handful of museums today, and even casts are difficult to come by. This is an expert life cast, made from an Indonesian specimen, and bears the distinctive blue color of specimens from that region. Measuring 51 inches in length, raised on a wood and metal display stand.

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    Auction Dates
    June, 2011
    12th Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 2
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