History of the Coelacanth Fishes

Peter Forey

This book evaluates the reputation of the coelacanth, presenting up-to-date accounts of the structure of fossil coelacanths, and suggests a family history to show that there have been subtle but significant changes in coelacanth history.

978 0 412 78480 4
January 1997
234 x 156 mm
440 pp
Springer in association with the Natural History Museum


This book provides the first complete and scientific account of the taxonomy and evolution of this group of fishes. The author considers the traditional view that coelacanths are the nearest living relatives to tetrapods as incorrect, and contends that they are far more primitive than first thought. 

Contents include: 

  • Comparative anatomy
  • Interrelationships of coelacanths
  • Classification and evolution of coelacanths
  • Summary of major findings

History of the Coelacanth Fishes is available to order from our co-publisher Springer Distribution Centre Ltd. For details of how to contact them, please visit Publishing partners.

About the author

Peter Forey is a researcher into fossil fishes at the Natural History Museum, London. 

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