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Frigid polar oceans, not balmy coral reefs, are species-formation hot spots
July 4, 2018
This material is available primarily for archival purposes. Telephone numbers or other contact information may be out of date; please see current contact information at media contacts.Tropical oceans teem with the dazzle and flash of colorful reef fish and contain far more species than the cold ocean waters found at high latitudes. This well-known "latitudinal diversity gradient" is one of the most famous patterns in biology, and scientists have puzzled over its causes for more than 200 years. Full Story
University of Michigan
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