if he approachesPerhaps this poor "living fossil" was comforted by the thought of having close relatives on land. As of today, he may feel more phylogenetically alone.
how did you survive?
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
The Lonelier Coelacanth
The journal Nature reported on April 17, 2013, that the complete genome sequence of the African coelacanth (Latimeria chalumnae) indicates that terrestrial tetrapods - including Homo sapiens - share a more recent common ancestor with lungfish than either do with the coelacanth. As poet Francine M. Storey wrote of the coelacanth, the "last inhabitant of the devonian sea":