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A Fish Caught in Time by Samantha Weinberg
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Aug 16, 10

bookshelves: nonfiction-science
Read in June, 2010

An exciting look at the history of the discovery of the coelacanth, from the first unexpected find off the coast of South Africa in the 1930s until the most recent findings, including conservation efforts and new scientific analysis.

Weinberg is not a scientist, and although there was enough discussion of the scientific points to make me happy, it is not overwhelming or too technical for the average reader. I found the story very engaging, and was surprised at all the politics and controversy that have surrounded the creature, from having a carcass escorted by armed guards, to having scientists dedicated to conservation engage in some mild eco-terrorism.

The coelacanth is an amazing creature. Our human interactions with it have a colorful history. And the personalities who have been involved, from J.L.B. Smith onwards, have included eccentric people interesting in their own rights.
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