↓ Skip to main content

The African coelacanth genome provides insights into tetrapod evolution

Overview of attention for article published in Nature, April 2013
Altmetric Badge

About this Attention Score

  • In the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (99th percentile)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age and source (98th percentile)


457 Dimensions

Readers on

1117 Mendeley
14 CiteULike
You are seeing a free-to-access but limited selection of the activity Altmetric has collected about this research output. Click here to find out more.
The African coelacanth genome provides insights into tetrapod evolution
Published in
Nature, April 2013
DOI 10.1038/nature12027
Pubmed ID

Chris T. Amemiya, Jessica Alföldi, Alison P. Lee, Shaohua Fan, Hervé Philippe, Iain MacCallum, Ingo Braasch, Tereza Manousaki, Igor Schneider, Nicolas Rohner, Chris Organ, Domitille Chalopin, Jeramiah J. Smith, Mark Robinson, Rosemary A. Dorrington, Marco Gerdol, Bronwen Aken, Maria Assunta Biscotti, Marco Barucca, Denis Baurain, Aaron M. Berlin, Gregory L. Blatch, Francesco Buonocore, Thorsten Burmester, Michael S. Campbell, Adriana Canapa, John P. Cannon, Alan Christoffels, Gianluca De Moro, Adrienne L. Edkins, Lin Fan, Anna Maria Fausto, Nathalie Feiner, Mariko Forconi, Junaid Gamieldien, Sante Gnerre, Andreas Gnirke, Jared V. Goldstone, Wilfried Haerty, Mark E. Hahn, Uljana Hesse, Steve Hoffmann, Jeremy Johnson, Sibel I. Karchner, Shigehiro Kuraku, Marcia Lara, Joshua Z. Levin, Gary W. Litman, Evan Mauceli, Tsutomu Miyake, M. Gail Mueller, David R. Nelson, Anne Nitsche, Ettore Olmo, Tatsuya Ota, Alberto Pallavicini, Sumir Panji, Barbara Picone, Chris P. Ponting, Sonja J. Prohaska, Dariusz Przybylski, Nil Ratan Saha, Vydianathan Ravi, Filipe J. Ribeiro, Tatjana Sauka-Spengler, Giuseppe Scapigliati, Stephen M. J. Searle, Ted Sharpe, Oleg Simakov, Peter F. Stadler, John J. Stegeman, Kenta Sumiyama, Diana Tabbaa, Hakim Tafer, Jason Turner-Maier, Peter van Heusden, Simon White, Louise Williams, Mark Yandell, Henner Brinkmann, Jean-Nicolas Volff, Clifford J. Tabin, Neil Shubin, Manfred Schartl, David B. Jaffe, John H. Postlethwait, Byrappa Venkatesh, Federica Di Palma, Eric S. Lander, Axel Meyer, Kerstin Lindblad-Toh


The discovery of a living coelacanth specimen in 1938 was remarkable, as this lineage of lobe-finned fish was thought to have become extinct 70 million years ago. The modern coelacanth looks remarkably similar to many of its ancient relatives, and its evolutionary proximity to our own fish ancestors provides a glimpse of the fish that first walked on land. Here we report the genome sequence of the African coelacanth, Latimeria chalumnae. Through a phylogenomic analysis, we conclude that the lungfish, and not the coelacanth, is the closest living relative of tetrapods. Coelacanth protein-coding genes are significantly more slowly evolving than those of tetrapods, unlike other genomic features. Analyses of changes in genes and regulatory elements during the vertebrate adaptation to land highlight genes involved in immunity, nitrogen excretion and the development of fins, tail, ear, eye, brain and olfaction. Functional assays of enhancers involved in the fin-to-limb transition and in the emergence of extra-embryonic tissues show the importance of the coelacanth genome as a blueprint for understanding tetrapod evolution.

Twitter Demographics

The data shown below were collected from the profiles of 320 tweeters who shared this research output. Click here to find out more about how the information was compiled.

Mendeley readers

The data shown below were compiled from readership statistics for 1,117 Mendeley readers of this research output. Click here to see the associated Mendeley record.

Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 26 2%
United Kingdom 19 2%
Canada 12 1%
Brazil 8 <1%
Japan 8 <1%
Germany 7 <1%
Sweden 6 <1%
Spain 6 <1%
France 4 <1%
Other 32 3%
Unknown 989 89%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 258 23%
Student > Ph. D. Student 230 21%
Student > Bachelor 137 12%
Student > Master 126 11%
Professor > Associate Professor 69 6%
Other 214 19%
Unknown 83 7%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 684 61%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 162 15%
Earth and Planetary Sciences 34 3%
Environmental Science 31 3%
Medicine and Dentistry 17 2%
Other 82 7%
Unknown 107 10%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 701. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 12 February 2021.
All research outputs
of 17,690,819 outputs
Outputs from Nature
of 80,183 outputs
Outputs of similar age
of 163,941 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Nature
of 937 outputs
Altmetric has tracked 17,690,819 research outputs across all sources so far. Compared to these this one has done particularly well and is in the 99th percentile: it's in the top 5% of all research outputs ever tracked by Altmetric.
So far Altmetric has tracked 80,183 research outputs from this source. They typically receive a lot more attention than average, with a mean Attention Score of 90.2. This one has done particularly well, scoring higher than 97% of its peers.
Older research outputs will score higher simply because they've had more time to accumulate mentions. To account for age we can compare this Altmetric Attention Score to the 163,941 tracked outputs that were published within six weeks on either side of this one in any source. This one has done particularly well, scoring higher than 99% of its contemporaries.
We're also able to compare this research output to 937 others from the same source and published within six weeks on either side of this one. This one has done particularly well, scoring higher than 98% of its contemporaries.