Weird ‘Living Fossil’ Fish Lives 100 Years, Pregnant for 5

These nocturnal fish grow at an achingly slow pace.

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This image provided by Marc Herbin shows the development stages of the coelacanth fish. The "living fossil," still around from the time of the dinosaurs, can live for 100 years, according to a study released in the Thursday, June 17, 2021 edition of Current Biology. And for females it may seem longer because scientists calculate that the live-birth bearing fish stays pregnant for five years. (Marc Herbin/MNHN via AP)
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The coelacanth — a giant weird fish still around from dinosaur times — can live for 100 years, a new study found. These slow-moving, people-sized fish of the deep, nicknamed a “living fossil,” are the opposite of the live fast, die young mantra. These nocturnal fish grow at an achingly slow pace. Females don’t hit sexual maturity until their late 50s, the study said, while male coelacanths are sexually mature at 40 to 69 years.…

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