Million years old fish

Having seen the nautilus (wiki) at Monterey aquarium, it leads me to Coelacanth (wiki). This is the short account of the discovery of the fish, good read:

  • 1938.12.23, curator Marjorie Courtenay Latimer in Cape Town, South Africa found… Captain Hendrick Goosen
  • 1939.01.03, the curator heard back from J.L.B. Smith, a chemistry teacher
  • Captain Eric Hunt, a British heard a lecture of Smith and became fascinated – had a vessel and could travel
  • 1952.12.21, Hunt paid 100 pound … port of Mutsamudu on the Comorian island of Anjouan
  • French closed the island to non-french researchers till the island became independent in 1970s
  • 1956 Hunt died at sea – never seen again
  • 1956 Smith published
  • 1968, Smith suicide after long illness.
  • 1988, Captain Hendrick Goosen dies
  • 2004.05.17, Marjorie Courtenay Latimer dies at age of 97

Nautilus and Coelacanth. (照片都是维基百科的)上星期六在 Monterey 水族馆看到 1, 有着 500 million 年前的海洋软体动物,令俺想起 2 及 2 的发现:话说 1938年. 那时地球人以为2 早就绝种了. 12月23号,船长Goosen 拉了一船的🐟回来,其中一条就是 coelacanth. 他每次回来都会叫当地 Cape Town 南非 一个小鱼博物馆的 curator Marjorie Courtenay Latimer 来挑. 她一眼就👀到了与众不同的 coelacanth. 她查资料也没有结果,只好写信请教一个爱🐠的化学教授J.L.B. Smith. 教授在度假… 等他看到信后,他毫不迟疑确定是coelacanth. Holy moly 这个发现比活活捉个恐龙还🐂. 可惜 Latimer 终于收到 Smith 回信时,已经是1939 一月3号,🐠的内脏等都丢了… 垃圾箱里翻了又翻也是白搭.
这条 coelacanth 在世界上着实热了好久 … 很多人,包括 Smith 及船长 Hunt,出重赏给渔夫,希望再钓一条.
1952.12.21,如愿以偿. 第二次 coelacanth 又等上了世界舞台. 皆大欢喜.
这次是在一个法国属地. 怂包法国佬觉得他们应该得到点什么. 当没人理他们的岔,小气+胆小怕事的怂包禁止非法国研究人员去研究 coelacanth. 这个禁令持续到1970年左右,直到这个岛独立. (想美言怂包几句都难…)
四年后 (1956)Hunt 出海 就再没有回来
Smith 和太太出书… 久病之后自杀于1968
Courtenay Latimer 于 2004.05.17 过世,终年97岁

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