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Surviving Extinction in the Abyss

Isopods

One group of isopods has been in the deep sea for 271 million years, and isopods have colonised the depths on multiple occasions over this period. These findings are not consistent with the hypothesis that the deep-sea fauna became extinct during the anoxic events of the Mesozoic.

By Luana Lins

A new study finds evidence that deep-sea creatures survived periods when the oceans contained little or no oxygen.

Luana Lins is a PhD candidate at the University of Sydney, and works in collaboration with the Australian Museum.

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