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This enormous ancient fish is officially extinct

The latest official extinction is a truly huge bummer: The 7-meter-long giant Chinese paddlefish is no more, Live Science reports. The long-nosed, wide-mouthed fish once lived in the murky waters of the Yangtze River, but no specimens have been sighted since 2003 and none exists in captivity. The last of the fish likely died between 2005 and 2010, the researchers will report in the March 2020 issue of Science of The Total Environment. Paddlefish are known for being ancient creatures—their species has remained largely unchanged for the past 200 million years—but years of overfishing and habitat fragmentation have ended their long evolutionary run. The species is survived by its similarly spoon-faced relative the American paddlefish.

*Correction, 8 January, 11:55 a.m.: The photo for this story has been changed, as the original photo was not of the correct type of paddlefish.

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