That interest took many forms, writes journalist Samantha Weinberg in her entertaining and instructive case study in scientific detective work. It spurred the development of new deep-sea craft to explore the farthest reaches of the ocean; it touched off more than one controversy over the coelacanth's lineage, and even over which nation claimed sovereignty over its oceanic haunts; and it launched or advanced the careers of dozens of researchers. The coelacanth continues to make news. In 1998, a young American scholar found a specimen in Indonesia, far from the western Indian Ocean waters where the coelacanth was thought to dwell. Although some scientists decried the discovery as a hoax at worst and an aberration at best, the find showed that the creature's range was widespread. It demonstrated, too, that international cooperation was necessary if the coelacanth were to be protected in the future, "continuing to exist," as Weinberg writes, "after this extraordinary duration of time." --Gregory McNamee --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
We bought this book for a youngman with the recommendation from our Son. He said it's a terrific book and he thought this youngman would love it.Published 23 months ago by Suzette Horton
This was a fascinating book for those interested in history, and with an open mind regarding the scientific world. Luckily, I possess both of those traits. Read morePublished on March 11, 2012 by M. N.
The story begins in South Africa in the 1930's, when the captain of a fishing boat gives the curator of a small museum an unusual-looking fish. Read morePublished on May 28, 2011 by LeeHoFooks
Fascinating book about a fascinating fish. Nothing too deep (no pun intended), which is exactly what I wanted. Read morePublished on October 19, 2010 by ASA
This is both an educative and entertaining book about the search for a prehistoric fish. Long believed extinct, the Coelacanth was first discovered off the waters of South Africa... Read morePublished on April 5, 2009 by J. I. Uitto
Since when did all fish other than the coelacanth and sharks have only one dorsal fin?...in Appendix A under "Fins and Scales": "apart from sharks, all other fish have one dorsal... Read morePublished on March 16, 2009 by dlrowdimfoyo
First, this is not a natural history, but it is an an engaging if not too critical tale of several scientists who were involved in discovering the Coelacanth. Read morePublished on October 22, 2007 by Mohe