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'Living Fossil' Fish Is Dethroned

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Science  05 Sep 1997:
Vol. 277, Issue 5331, pp. 1436
DOI: 10.1126/science.277.5331.1436

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Biologists have been debating for decades exactly which members of the fish family first made the bold move to a life on land--and therefore which of their descendants are our closest living gilled relatives. Now a new DNA analysis may have put the popular favorite, the "living fossil" known as the coelacanth, out of the running. Its place has been taken by the lungfish.