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Art Lander’s Outdoors: American paddlefish last surviving member of family in North America

This is the last of four articles on Kentucky‚Äôs ancient fish. The American paddlefish (Polyodon spathula) is a member of family Polyodontidae, closely related to the two species of sturgeons in Kentucky — the shovelnose sturgeon (Scaphirhynchus platorynchus), and the lake sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens). Fossil records of paddlefish date back over 300 million years, nearly 50 million years...