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Lost ecosystem found buried in mud of Southern California coastal waters


June 7, 2017

image of a variety of shells Paleontologists investigating the seabed off California have discovered a lost ecosystem that for thousands of years had nurtured communities of scallops and shelled marine organisms called brachiopods. They had died off by the early 20th century, replaced by the mud-dwellling burrowing clams that inhabit this seabed today. Adam Tomašových of the Slovak Academy of Sciences and Susan Kidwell of the University of Chicago examine the lost ecosystem in a new study. Full Story

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