A Fish Caught in Time

Author: Samantha Weinberg
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0060932856
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The coelacanth (see-lo-canth) is no ordinary fish. Five feet long, with luminescent eyes and limb like fins, this bizarre creature, presumed to be extinct, was discovered in 1938 by an amateur icthyologist who recognized it from fossils dating back 400 million years. The discovery was immediately dubbed the "greatest scientific find of the century," but the excitement that ensued was even more incredible. This is the entrancing story of that most rare and precious fish -- our own great-uncle forty million times removed.

History of the Coelacanth Fishes

Author: Peter Forey
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9780412784804
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This book evaluates the reputation of the coelacanth, presenting up-to-date accounts of the structure of fossil coelacanths, and suggests a family history to show that there have been subtle but significant changes in coelacanth history.

Fossil Fish Found Alive

Author: Sally M. Walker
Publisher: Carolrhoda Books
ISBN: 1575055368
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Describes the 1938 discovery of the coelacanth, a fish previously believed to be extinct, and subsequent research about it.

Living Fossil The Story of the Coelacanth

Author: Keith Stewart Thomson
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393245357
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"An engrossing tale of obsession, adventure and scientific reasoning." —Betty Ann Kevles, Los Angeles Times In the winter of 1938, a fishing boat by chance dragged from the Indian Ocean a fish thought extinct for 70 million years. It was a coelacanth, which thrived concurrently with dinosaurs and pterodactyls—an animal of major importance to those who study the history of vertebrate life. Living Fossil describes the life and habitat of the coelcanth and what scientists have learned about it during fifty years of research. It is an exciting and very human story, filled with ambitious and brilliant people, that reveals much about the practice of modern science.

Mystery Fish

Author: Sally M. Walker
Publisher: Lerner Books [UK]
ISBN: 1580133452
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The author tells the story of the discovery of and attempt to study the Coelacanth, a fish thought to have become extinct at the same time as the dinosaurs.

The Search Beneath the Sea

Author: J. L. B. Smith
Publisher: Pickle Partners Publishing
ISBN: 1787207943
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ONE OF THE GREAT BOOKS OF SCIENTIFIC ADVENTURE...STRANGER THAN FICTION One of the most sensational discoveries in natural history, told by the ichthyologist who was directly involved in its first capture off the South African coast in 1938. Prior to this, the fish, although known to scientists, was thought to have become extinct at least fifty million years ago. There was much professional scepticism that it was indeed a coelacanth and Professor Smith had many battles ahead of him before proof could be found. A remarkable story.

Coelacanth

Author: Valerie J. Weber
Publisher: Gareth Stevens
ISBN: 9780836845617
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Describes the physical characteristics, behavior, and habitat of the coelacanth.

The Annotated Old Fourlegs

Author: Mike Bruton
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780813064642
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The latest episode in the greatest fish discovery ever made "The appearance of the Coelacanth was like a gigantic tidal wave which washed me violently from my path, held me in its grip, carried me along, and set my feet on a quest that dominated some of the best years of my life."--JLB Smith, Old Fourlegs: The Story of the Coelacanth When scientist JLB Smith published Old Fourlegs: The Story of the Coelacanth in 1956, he created an international sensation. A dramatic account of the discovery of a creature thought to have been extinct for 65 million years, the book brought science into the living rooms of thousands. It was published in six English editions and translated into ten foreign languages. The Annotated Old Fourlegs brings this incredible story back to life for today's readers. Smith's famous account begins with the finding of a strange fish off the coast of South Africa by a local fisherman. As large as a person, the fish had fins like arms and vicious snapping jaws. Smith became certain that what had been caught was the legendary coelacanth, previously known only through fossils. The book follows Smith's obsessive drive to track down other specimens and to learn more about this extraordinary fish that has lived on Earth from the era of the dinosaurs to modern times. The Annotated Old Fourlegs features a facsimile reprint of the original book with extensive margin notes, providing insights on JLB Smith, updates on coelacanth research, and comments on the coelacanth's influence on contemporary culture. Mike Bruton, an ichthyologist who has dedicated his life to continuing the pioneering studies begun by Smith, provides a new introduction and concluding chapters that bring the coelacanth story up to date.

The Coelacanth

Author: Mary J. Nickum
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780998085807
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"The primitive-looking coelacanth (pronounced SEEL-uh-kanth) was thought to have gone extinct with the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. But its discovery in 1938 by a South African museum curator on a local fishing trawler fascinated the world and ignited a debate about how this bizarre lobe-finned fish fits into the evolution of land animals. There are only two known species of coelacanths: one that lives near the Comoros Islands off the east coast of Africa, and one found in the waters of Sulawesi, Indonesia. Many scientists believe that the unique characteristics of the coelacanth represent an early step in the evolution of fish to terrestrial four-legged animals like amphibians."--Back cover.