The Common Descent Podcast

Episode 83 - Coelacanths

March 21, 2020

In 1938, a fishing crew pulled up a fish that everyone thought had been extinct for 70 million years. Since then, coelacanths have become famous not just for their strangely incomplete fossil record, but also for their unique anatomy, their reclusive lifestyle, and their close relationship to land vertebrates. From fossils to genetics, this episode is all about what we know – and what we’re missing – of the story of coelacanths.

In the news: an old weasel, fish through time, daily bivalve growth, and cave cockroaches.

News: 00:06:00
Main discussion: 00:34:30
Mid-discussion break: 01:03:00
Patron question: 01:36:00

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Musical Interludes are "Professor Umlaut" by Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0