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    Default New 'living fossil' eel species discovered in ocean cave

    From: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-14546374

    New 'living fossil' eel species discovered in ocean cave
    Advertisement16 August 2011 Last updated at 21:18 ET Help Scientists have discovered a remarkably primitive eel living in an underwater cave off the Republic of Palau in the Pacific Ocean.

    The new genus and species, Protoanguilla palau, has primitive anatomical features unknown in all other living eels.

    DNA analysis of the species shows it has an evolutionary history dating back 200 million years, prompting scientists to describe it as a "living fossil".

    The find was reported in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

    Video courtesy of Jiro Sakaue, Southern Marine Laboratory, Palau


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    Thanks for posting... " What is discovered only serves to show that nothing's known to what is yet to know." And besides that, it's really cool.

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