Scientists uncover fish species : Galapagos sharks’ evolution branched off 320 million years ago

From the Inside Bay Aera in the USA:

 

By Matt Krupnick, MEDIANEWS STAFF

It’s amazing what you find lying around the bottom of the ocean, as St. Mary’s College professor Douglas Long has discovered.

Long was part of a team of researchers who this year identified two new species of deep-sea fishes, unusual-looking sharks that set out on their own evolutionary path more than 320 million years ago.

The creatures — named the Galapagos and whitespot ghost sharks — were found more than 1,200 feet underwater near the Galapagos Islands in 1995, sucked through a vacuum tube into a research submarine. Long and his team spent more than a decade making sure they were new species before publishing their results in the journal Zootaxa in October and December.

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Scientists uncover fish species : Galapagos sharks’ evolution branched off 320 million years ago

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