Enormous ancient fish discovered by accident: A serendipitous discovery of a fossilized bony lung reveals a massive ancient fish

ScienceDaily | Feb 17, 2021 at 4:02 AM
  • The new discovery by scientists from the University of Portsmouth is a species of the so-called ‘living fossil’ coelacanths which still swim in the seas, surviving the extinction that killed off the dinosaurs.
  • Professor David Martill, a palaeontologist from the University’s School of the Environment, Geography and Geosciences, had been asked to identify a large bone in a private collection in London.
  • Professor Martill and colleagues were able to determine they’d found a surprisingly large coelacanth because of the abnormal size of the lung.