Giant Chinese paddlefish declared extinct by scientists after surviving for nearly 150 million years

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Scientists have declared a giant fish that had survived for 150 million years is now extinct.

Named after its distinctive shape, experts believe the giant Chinese paddlefish has been wiped out because it could not survive over-fishing, habitat fragmentation and loss of biodiversity.

Research published this week in the Science of The Total Environment journal says the giant freshwater species – also known as the Chinese swordfish – should be “considered extinct”.

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Since scientists declared the paddlefish extinct in a research paper published last week, Chinese internet users media outlets have been paying tribute to the hefty creature (AP)

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