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Fossil fish. Historical illustration of a fossil perch, from a book published in 1835 by the Swiss naturalist Jean Agassiz. This species, Cyclopoma spinosum, lived during the Carboniferous era, 360- 286 million years ago. Agassiz was born in 1807. His systematic study of fossil fishes earned him a worldwide reputation as a great naturalist and scientist - in spite of his outspoken rejection of Darwin's theory of evolution.
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