|A modern day coelacanth with its distinctive blue colour|
|The 100 million year old skull of Reidus hilli, |
a newly discovered species of coelacanth
|The skull from another angle|
What is interesting is that this creature was small for a coelacanth, especially considering that some of its close relatives were over 3 metres in length. It was no more than 40 centimetres long. The skull was just 4.5 in length and half as wide. It belonged to a now extinct group of coelacanths called the diplurids, which were also named by Graf.