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‘Living Fossil’ Eel Swam at Dawn of Dinosaur Age

In the small island republic of Palau, marine biologists have made a remarkable find just 35 meters below the surface. A new species of eel have been discovered which seem to be closer related to ancient fossils of eel from the Cretaceous era, rather than modern eels. The animal likely appeared some 200 million years ago, just at the very end of the Triassic period.
"We believe that such a long, independent evolutionary history, [...] retention of several primitive anatomical features and apparently restricted distribution, warrant its recognition as a living fossil,"
- Ichthyologist Dave Johnson at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and lead author of the team's research

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‘Living Fossil’ Eel Swam at Dawn of Dinosaur Age

Story contains video Source: , Fri August 26, 2011
In the small island republic of Palau, marine biologists have made a remarkable find just 35 meters below the surface. A new species of eel have been discovered which seem to be closer related to ancient fossils of eel from the Cretaceous era, rather than modern eels. The animal likely appeared some 200 million years ago, just at the very end of the Triassic period.

Island nation announces Mongolia-sized no kill zone for whales and dolphins

Story contains video Source: Environmental News Service, Wed October 27, 2010
The South Pacific island nation of Palau has declared all the waters within its Exclusive Economic Zone to be a marine mammal sanctuary for the protection of whales, dolphins, and dugongs.

Skies to be swept for alien life

Source: BBC News, Sat October 13, 2007
Hat Creek, California - The switch has been thrown on a telescope specifically designed to seek out alien life.

Al Gore & IPCC Share Nobel Peace Prize For 2007

Source: Scoop, Sat October 13, 2007
Oslo, Norway - The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2007 is to be shared, in two equal parts, between the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Albert Arnold (Al) Gore Jr. for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change.

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