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The Living Fossil Fish Quiz!

This extraordinary, prehistoric looking fish, which is pronounced ‘see-la-kanth’ by the way, was once thought to have become extinct about 65 million years ago. Even scientists still have much to learn about this fascinating sea creature.

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  • Question of

    Following the re-discovery of this strange fish in 1938, JLB Smith (of the JLB Smith Institute) confirmed its identity as a Coelacanth and subsequently named the genus and species Latimeria chalumnae after Miss Marjorie Courtenay-Latimer and the place of its capture. What was Miss Courtenay-Latimer’s occupation?

    • fishmonger
    • cook
    • bank clerk
    • museum curator
  • Question of

    The name Coelacanth is derived from the Greek words ‘koilos’ and ‘akantha’. This roughly translates to which of the following?

    • fossil fish
    • hollow spine
    • walking fish
    • four legs
  • Question of

    The branch of zoology concerned with the study of the natural history of fishes is known as what?

    • herpetology
    • entomology
    • ichthyology
    • ornithology
  • Question of

    The JLB Smith Institute has been renamed and has the initials S.A.I.A.B. What do those initials stand for?

    • South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity
    • South African Institute for Annual Biodiversity
    • South African Institute for African Biology
    • South African Institute for Animal Behaviour
  • Question of

    The original 1938 Coelacanth specimen, found off the coast of South Africa, was around 1.50 m / 5 feet long and weighed just under 60kg / 130 pounds.

    • True
    • False
  • Question of

    How many fins do Coelacanths have?

    • 6
    • 5
    • 8
    • 7
  • Question of

    Coelacanth fossils have been found on every continent apart from Europe.

    • True
    • False
  • Question of

    How long is the gestation period for the Coelacanth?

    • up to 3 weeks
    • up to 3 years
    • up to 3 months
    • up to 3 days

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