Ancient fish found in Sulawesi and Africa ‘could live for up to a century’

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The coelacanth on display at the National Museum of Kenya in 2001.

An ancient fish known as the coelacanth could live for a very long time, even up to a century, according to a new study published in the journal Current Biology.

This fish was previously thought to be extinct before finally being found in the waters of Africa and Sulawesi throughout the 20th century.

In previous studies, coelacanths were estimated to have a life span of about 20 years. But in the latest estimates, these fish can live for hundreds of years in the ocean, like sharks.

French researchers studied the markings on a specimen of coelacanth scales kept in a museum. The scales are considered the same as tree rings that can indicate the age of a tree.


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