The Amazing Coelacanth

Mike Bruton

True account of the 400-million-year-old coelacanth discovered in the Indian Ocean - known from fossil remains and thought to be extinct. Fascinating, richly illustrated book for younger readers.
Date Published :
July 2018
Publisher :
Penguin Random House South Africa
Illustration :
color photographs + illustrations
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Binding : Paperback
ISBN : 9781775845027
Pages : 64
Dimensions : 11 X 8.5 inches
Stock Status : In stock


In 1938 a 400-million-year-old fish – known only from fossil remains and thought to have become extinct around 66 million years ago – was discovered living off the shores of southern Africa.

This fascinating book for younger readers tells the story of the coelacanth – what it is, what makes it special, how it was discovered, where it evolved, how it gives live birth, how and what it eats, and what eats it! With multiple illustrations and photographs and interesting text, this book will be an inspiration to a new generation of ichthyologists, palaeontologists, divers, and anyone with an interest in the natural world.

About The Author

Mike Bruton knew both JLB and Margaret Smith (and many of the other characters in this story) and succeeded Margaret as Director of then-JLB Smith Institute of Ichthyology. He draws on his experience as a scientist and informal science educator to bring to life the story of how the Smiths overcame overwhelming odds, and survived many life-threatening dangers, in order to achieve their ambitious goals. He has recently published his autobiography, When I was a Fish – Tales of an Ichthyologist, as well as two books on the coelacanth: The Annotated Old Fourlegs – The Updated Story of the Coelacanth and, for younger readers, The Amazing Coelacanth. He lives in Cape Town with his wife, Carolynn.

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