Living fossil found in South Pacific
December 10, 2006
A “Jurassic” shrimp, Neoglyphea neocaledonica, believed extinct for 50 million years, found in the Coral Sea. Credit: B. Richer de Forges ©2006.
French scientists found a species of crustacean previously believed to have become extinct 60 million years ago, according to an update from the Census of Marine Life.
Neoglyphea neocaledonica was discovered at a depth of 1,312 feet (400 meters) during an expedition in the Chesterfield Islands, northwest of New Caledonia in the South Pacific.
The Census of Marine Life (CoML), a research effort involving some 2000 researchers from 80 countries, aims to record the diversity, distribution, and abundance of global marine life.
This article is based on a news release from CoML.