First Oxygen-Free Animals Found

by admin on April 21, 2010


A recent BBC story highlights the lengths to which life will go to survive in extreme environments. Three species of Loriciferans were discovered living in the sediment of the L’Atalante basin in the Mediterranean Sea. The basin is over 2 miles deep and almost entirely depleted of oxygen. Professor Danovaro, who heads Italy’s Association of Limnology said the discovery represents a “tremendous adaptation for animals which evolved in oxygenated conditions”.

Hear more about extreme living environments in this week’s show Habitats Not For Humanity.

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