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Coelacanth model. Mounted museum model of a West Indian Ocean coelacanth (Latimeria chalumnae). This model is a cast made from a specimen obtained off South Africa. The coelacanth and related fish flourished in the Mesozoic era, which lasted from 400-60 million years ago. This fish was thought to be extinct until its discovery by science in 1938, when one was caught off South Africa. This fish can reach lengths of 2 metres and weights of 80 kilograms. It feeds on other fish at depths of several hundred metres. Photographed in 2010, at the French National Museum of Natural History (MNHN), Paris, France.
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