Science: Nature-Faking?

William Hale Thompson, onetime mayor of Chicago, inspired a deal of derisive amusement among the "know-it-alls" when he announced a plan to take cinema pictures of tree-climbing fish in the South Sea Islands (TIME, March 3). The New York Tribune hastened to classify him with the well-known Doctor Traprock, Baron Munchausen and others of similar notoriety. But the ex-Mayor has science on his side, though his geography may not be infallible.

The zoologists say that Anabas Scandens, a species of acanthopterygian (having-spines-in-the-fins) fishes of the family Anabantidae, is popularly known as the...

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