On February 16, 1939, experts identified a coelacanth, a fish thought to have gone extinct 66 million years ago. Museum curator Marjorie Courtney-Latimer and Professor James Leonard Brierley Smith identified a coelacanth as the fish Courtney-Latimer pulled from a net off the coast of East London, South Africa.
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry biologist Noun
scientist who studies living organisms.
underground chamber that opens to the surface. Cave entrances can be on land or in water.
edge of land along the sea or other large body of water.
Encyclopedic Entry: coast curator Noun
person who designs, assembles, and manages an exhibit at a museum or other cultural center.
no longer existing.
environment where an organism lives throughout the year or for shorter periods of time.
Encyclopedic Entry: habitat isolate Verb
to set one thing or organism apart from others.
large body of salt water that covers most of the Earth.
Encyclopedic Entry: ocean oceanographer Noun
person who studies the ocean.
a ridge of rocks, coral, or sand rising from the ocean floor all the way to or near the ocean's surface.
Encyclopedic Entry: reef volcanic Adjective
having to do with volcanoes.