Posted by: Loren Coleman on December 25th, 2007
Two amateur fossil hunters from the outback town of Andamooka in the far north of South Australia say they have been given the Christmas present “from hell.”
A few years ago Tom and Sharon Hurley found the fossil remains of a prehistoric fish, resembling a swordfish with teeth, near Boulia in Queensland.
The fish is a previously unknown genus and species, and has now been officially named the Australo-pachy cormus hurleyi.
Tom Hurley says it’s both an honor and a curse to have the fish carry the name Hurley.
“Well basically I got the Christmas present from Hell. Immortality. The name will last forever,” he said.
“How do you beat that? Every year I’ll get Christmas presents that won’t beat that. It’s just ruined Christmas.”“Prehistoric fish named after fossil hunters,” Australian Broadcasting Network, December 24, 2007.
Frankly, I would take it as both an honor and an honor!
Merry Christmas to all our mates in Australia and New Zealand, who have gotten a headstart of celebrations.
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.