A new species of eel

Written By Reva on Minggu, 28 Agustus 2011 | 05.37

Paris- A new species of eel have been found in the darkness of a cave under the sea and the amazing "living fossil" is the same as the eels that inhabit the Earth 200 million years ago, says the biologist told AFP on Wednesday.

The discovery of this strange happened years ago in caves under the sea depth of 35 meters in Palau, the island country in the Western Pacific.

In the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, the experts said that the ancient eel has few anatomical similarities with modern eel which has 819 species and 19 orders.

In contrast, more strange strange eels have similarities with ancient eels that live in the era when dinosaurs ruled the Earth Mezozoikum.
Similarities that include a large head, shorter body, such as a collar openings in the gills, the tail fin rays, and the jaw called premaxilla.

Who discovered the ancient eel Adala Masaki Miya-led team of scientists from the Natural History Museum and Institute of Chiba, Japan.

So far the new Palau became a place where ancient eel was found, but it is believed that the ancient eel in other areas.

The term "living fossil" was popularized by the famous biologist Charles Darwin in his book On the Origin of Species.

This term is used to living species that survived for millions of years without evolving. (ANTARA News)
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