The Indonesian form was described as a new species, Latimeria menadoensis, in April 1999, by L. The coelacanth's evolutionary relationships are a matter of controversy.
There are several competing hypotheses and many unresolved questions, in large part owing to the many unusual characters found in coelacanths.
It is capable of moving quickly and may do so when capturing prey or avoiding danger.
The Smithsonian's Division of Fishes, which includes the world's largest research collection of preserved fish specimens, contains one adult coelacanth. Schnitzlein, then of the University of Alabama Medical Center, for use in his neuroanatomy studies. Schnitzlein’s massive collection of histological slides of fish brains, including those of the brain of the coelacanth, along with letters, photographs and other documents pertaining to the purchase of the specimen.
It is similar to paleontology except its focus is documenting and understanding human biological and cultural evolution.