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This is an accurate, beautifully detailed presentation of a Coelacanth, Latimeria chalumnae
Based on fossil specimens and fossil reconstruction. Size 13" long, 6.25" wide.
Made from poly-ceramic materials and professionally painted.
Signed original, no production molds (casts) were made..
1 available. U.S. shipping. Ships upon payment confirmation
not changed much over the past 380 million years. Latimeria chalumnae, and
differs little from the skeleton of most Devonian coelacanths.
Coelacanths are quite different from all other living fishes. They have an extra lobe on the tail, paired lobed fins, and a vertebral column that is not fully developed. Coelacanths are the only living animals to have a fully functional intercranial joint, which is a division separating the ear and brain from the nasal organs and eye. The intercranial joint allows the front part of the head to be lifted when the fish is feeding. One of the most interesting features of the Coelacanth, is that it has paired fins which move in a similar fashion to our arms and legs.
Coelacanths are known from the fossil record dating back over 360 million years, with a peak in abundance about 240 million years ago. Before 1938 they were believed to have become extinct approximately 80 million years ago, when they disappeared from the fossil record.