Huge Fish, Once Believed Extinct, Isnâ€™t the â€˜Living Fossilâ€™ Scientists Thought – Gizmodo
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Here’s some fishy news from the world of genetics. The coelacanth was considered an extinct species until a living specimen was caught off the coast of South Africa in 1938. Scientists referred to it as a Living Fossil because it seemed nearly identical to the species found in fossil records. Turns out scientists were wrong because the coelacanth has acquired dozens of new genes over the past 23 million years.