I saw this recently on Newsweek – ‘Extinct Fossil Fish’ Dating Back 420 Million Years Found Alive in Madagascar: https://www.newsweek.com/extinct-fossil-fish-dating-back-420-million-years-found-alive-madagascar-1591688. Longer article, but here are some basics.
BY COURTNEY BROGLE ON 5/14/21
A group of South African shark hunters have unwittingly rediscovered a population of fish predating dinosaurs that many in the scientific community believed to be extinct.
The “four-legged fossil fish” known as the coelacanth has been found alive and well in the West Indian Ocean off the coast of Madagascar, according to a report from the nonprofit environmental conservation platform Mongabay News.
Their re-emergence is in part thanks to fishermen using gillnets in their shark-hunting expeditions, the outlet reported. As they continue to target sharks for their fins, oil and other commercial enterprises, the high-tech deep-sea nets are able to reach where coelacanths gather, about 328 to 492 feet below the water’s surface.