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No one on board expected that day, December 22, 1938, that a creature believed extinct would be taking up the ship deck. A coelacanth, a fish extinct 65 million of years ago, was captured in South African waters. The specimen was 1.5 meters long and had a weight of 50 kg. It was the only specimen known of the coelacanths' group alive. Photography of the first coelacanth This was striking news for the scientific community, because a species believed to be extinct lived in the South African seas. The surprises continued though. In 1998, a new species was discovered alive in...

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