Thursday, August 18, 2011

Another Living Fossil Found!

This time in the waters of Palau in the Pacific. While not quite as prehistoric looking as the Ceolocanth the newly found eel (dubbed Protoanguilla palau) it carries with it traits not seen for many millions of years.

Unique characteristics heretofore only seen in the ancient fossil record that this new eel possesses include having fewer than 90 vertebrae and collar like gill openings. Again, it always fills me with hope and good feelings to know that not everything has been discovered and not everything is known. If an animal such as this can exist to this day without even have been suspected of existing, I can only imagine what else lies out there waiting to be found.

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