December 23 1938 – Off the Coast of South Africa, the Coelacanth is Discovered

December 23 1938 – Off the Coast of South Africa, the Coelacanth is Discovered5 (100%) 1 vote *Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons Near the Tyolomqa River along the southeastern edge of Eastern Cape, South Africa, a fisherman by the name of Hendrick Goosen brought in a strange-looking fish on December 23, 1938. When he returned to shore, a local museum curator named Marjorie Courtenay-Latimer connected with an expert to determine it was a coelacanth (pronounced SEE-luh-kanth), a species believed to have been extinct for more than 65 million years. Some 390 million years ago, the ancestral coelacanth diverged from the likes of lungfish and tetrapods (four-limbed creatures like amphibians and mammals) […]