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A Fish Caught in Time - by Samantha Weinberg (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 256

Genre: Nature

Sub-Genre: Animals

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Fourth Estate

Book theme: Fish

Author: Samantha Weinberg

Language: English

Street Date: May 4, 2000
TCIN: 78568851
UPC: 9781857029079
Item Number (DPCI): 247-34-9612

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A gripping story of obsession, adventure and the search for our oldest surviving ancestor - 400 million years old - a four-limbed dinofish!

In 1938, Marjorie Courtenay-Latimer, a young South African museum curator, caught sight of a specimen among a fisherman's trawl that she knew was special. With limb-like protuberances culminating in fins the strange fish was unlike anything she had ever seen. The museum board members dismissed it as a common lungfish, but when Marjorie eventually contacted Professor JLB Smith, he immediately identified her fish as a coelacanth - a species known to have lived 400 million years ago, and believed by many scientists to be the evolutionary missing link - the first creature to crawl out of the sea. Marjorie Courtenay-Latimer had thus made the century's greatest zoological discovery. But Smith needed a live or frozen specimen to verify the discovery, so began his search for another coelacanth, to which he devoted his life.

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