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Paul Allen Lends Personal ROV To Study Coelacanths 32

Posted by samzenpus
from the new-meets-old dept.
crudmonkey writes "It took a custom-made submarine, billionaire Paul Allen, and a tenacious desire lasting well beyond two decades to unveil enigmatic details about the life of the coelacanth—the primitive fish that invariably hooks researchers. A study published earlier this year in the journal Marine Biology summarizes 21 years of coelacanth population research."
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Paul Allen Lends Personal ROV To Study Coelacanths

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  • by MadKeithV (102058) on Friday November 25, 2011 @10:08AM (#38165036)
    And why is Paul Allen so interested in the Coelacanth? Because its existance might teach us something about how an ancient, unchanging, unadapting entity can yet survive deep below the surface while all its peers have evolved or perished. This research can then be used to help Microsoft.
  • Ya know, I don't see any Occupy protestors bitching about how they don't have a submarine. Get with the program people!

  • Good stuff! (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday November 25, 2011 @01:02PM (#38166524)

    I'm extremely excited and I'll tell you why (lucky you).

    When I was attending grade school in the1960's I came across a book in the school library that described, with pictures, this creature found alive sometime in the '30s which had been previously thought by man to be long extinct. I don't think there was another kid who found this even remotely interesting, but I was spellbound. I never lost this fascination and over the years occasionally thought about this strange and reclusive creature, and if it had in fact survived.

    Fast forward to 1998. I was working in a bicycle shop in a small out of the way resort town and the owners had managed to hire a talented bike guy from another state they met on the phone through business.

    Soon after he showed up, I noticed a small tattoo he had just above one of his ankles. It was quite unusual but somehow familiar. I knelt on the floor and took a closer look. Are you kidding me?? It was a Coelacanth!! We exchanged stories about our experiences of youthful discovery and quickly bonded.

    Fast forward to yesterday. I saw the Paul Allen/Coelacanth story somewhere and followed the links. Paul Allen should not get as much credit as the media apparently thinks he deserves.

    Go here for the full story:
    http://news.mongabay.com/2011/1114-ucsc-west_coelacanth.html

    And here for history and up to date info on the Coelacanth, including video!:
    http://www.arkive.org/coelacanth/latimeria-chalumnae/video-00.html#text=All

    My friend in coelacanth still works at the bike shop, but I have moved on. I emailed him and know he'll be as excited as I am. I may have to get a tattoo and keep the love alive. Brotherhood of the Coelacanth, anyone?

     

  • No doubt looking for something important to patent.
    Perhaps movement of fish through water by fin propulaion?

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