Living Fossil: The Story of the Coelacanth
Living Fossil describes the life and habitat of the coelcanth and what scientists have learn ...more
The Story of the Coelacanth
By Keith S. Thomson - (born 27.09.1938)
The author, Keith S. Thomson is an English Biologist and ‘coelacanth’ expert who has dissected several coelacanth specimens, tells the story of fifty years of scientific research on a unique animal.
In December 1938, a South African fishing trawler netted an unusual fish that was thought to be extinct for 80 million years.
The primary interest of this fish resides in its four ‘lobe-finned means of locomotion, as in Dev ...more
November 12, 1991. Dear Jane,
I noticed this book and decided to buy it for you. I think that you will find it quite interesting but I must admit that in buying it I ...more
It's a good book. Pretty readable and interesting. The writing's not always as coherent as one would like — a few places where the author seemingly switches subjects in the middle of a paragraph and the like — but good on the whole.
But you should be aware how dated this book is. When published 26 years a ...more
A friend lent this book to me. The writing style is clear. I found it a bit technical in some places, which means it isn't a fast read, but I enjoyed ...more
For many years scientists and zoologists believed him to be extinct, but in 1938 a woman who lived and worked in South Africa discovered a dead coelacanth.
Then a few more coelacanths have been found in the 1950's and after.
Thomson wrote a fascinating book about the fossil fish. I've read this book some 25 years ago for the first time and took it to Nantucket last weekend ...more
Keith Thomson is Executive Officer of the American Philosophical Society and Professor Emeritus of Natural History, University of Oxford.
Modified from an interview with Greg Ross in “American Scientist”
I have had a wonderful career as a professor of biology and dean (at Yale), a museum director (Yale, Philadelphia, and Oxford), and more recently as an author. I started out as a biologist intereste