the world's oldest fish?
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Evolutionary scientists used to think that amphibians evolved from
a group of fishes that included the coelacanth, which was known
only from fossils. But they dropped this idea when living
coelacanths were found from 1938 showing no evidence of evolution
from the oldest fossil coelacanths to the living examples.The
evidence from the coelacanth is good evidence for creation, for it
shows that DNA, the genetic code, has remained stable throughout
When a living coelacanth fish was found in 1938
it was hailed as the scientific sensation of the century. Until
then, the coelacanth (pronounced SEE'-luh-canth) was known
to science only from fossils. Scientists generally believed
coelacanths had become extinct 60 or 70 million years ago. Since
1938 many more living coelacanths have been caught.
All coelacanths, living and fossil, are members of a group of
fishes called Crossopterygians. It is this group that most
evolutionists believe evolved into amphibians and all land
vertebrates — including humans.
Before the discovery of
living coelacanths (photo at left shows museum official Marjorie
Courtenay-Latimer with the 1938 specimen), evolutionists assumed
that the fish's internal organs would be “part way”
evolving from those of ordinary fish to those of amphibians.
But the living coelacanths showed no evidence that their soft
parts were starting to adapt for use on land. So it was conceded
that the coelacanth was obviously not the ancestor of amphibians
Did anything evolve?
So evolutionists looked for another type of fish that would fit
their belief that fish evolved into the creatures that dwell both
on land and in water — the amphibians. There was no strong
evidence, but they decided that another member of the
Crossopterygian group of fishes — the rhipidistian —
might have evolved into an amphibian.
How did they decide that rhipidistian fishes could have evolved
into amphibians? The idea grew out of their study of similarities
in skeletons of rhipidistians and what they believe were
“early” amphibians. But in reality there is a vast
difference between rhipidistians and amphibians.
Using even the evolutionists' time scale, which some
scientists dispute, the coelacanth is the same fish it supposedly
was hundreds of millions of years ago. It is surely strange that
the coelacanth could remain so stable all this time, both
genetically and morphologically, while its cousin the rhipidistian
was supposedly evolving the mind-boggling number of changes
required to transform it eventually into a human.
The evidence from the coelacanth is good evidence for creation,
for it shows that DNA, the genetic code, has remained stable
throughout time. In other words, the coelacanth has reproduced
after its kind just like the Bible's book of Genesis said fishes
Photo credits: Drawing of coelacanth by former
FishBase artist Robbie Cada; photo of Marjorie Courtenay-Latimer
with the mounted coelacanth in 1938, courtesy Goosens family website. (Hendrik Goosen was the
fisherman from whose catch the 1938 coelacanth came).
Juvenile coelacanths filmed off Indonesia's Sulawesi Island on October 6, 2009:
Story from The Japan Times
Short video of young coelacanth
Follow that salmon …
Scientists in Norway had been tracking the migration patterns of
wild salmon. Suddenly they became excited when they picked up radio
signals from a fish they thought had been lost. The signal led them
to the city of Stavanger, on Norway's south-east coast, where they
found the missing salmon. It was dead in a resident's freezer.