Mar 21, 09
Read in March, 2009
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 fin only."
What about mullets (Mugilidae), drums (Sciaenidae), darters (Percidae), and a whole host of other fish that have two dorsal fins? Some of them might not be separated by a whole lot of space, but there's definitely two.
Could understand if it seemed like a typo, but this just seems to be an exaggeration of how special the coelacanth is. Coelacanths are special just by themselves; they don't need lies to make them seem any more so.
It's possible that if I weren't such a fish enthusiast I would've enjoyed this book more.