Sunday, 11 October 2015

A Living Fossil Returns

A rare species of nautilus, Allonautilus scrobiculatus, not seen in three decades, was spotted recently off of Papua New Guinea. University of Washington biologist Peter Ward last saw the elusive variation, which has a thick, hairy, slimy covering on its shell, back in 1984.

Returning to the same reef to study nautilus populations this past August, Ward again caught sight of the rare nautilus. Nautiloids are often referred to as 'living fossils' since they've not evolved much over their 500 million years on earth.

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