PHOTOS: New Deep-Sea Species Revealed by Marine Census

PHOTOS: New Deep-Sea Species Revealed by Marine Census
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One of many marine bacteria uncovered by the Census of Marine Life, this species was found in the eastern South Pacific Ocean.

Scientists call it a "living fossil" because it has probably been thriving since earliest oceans were formed millions of years ago.

If that is the case, the species was able to adapt from anoxic, or oxygen depleted, environments to an era of oxygenated oceans. For this reason, scientists think marine bacteria could be used for bioremediation of polluted ocean floors.
—Photograph by Carola Espinoza, FONDECYT 1070552, Universidad de Concepcion, Chile/ courtesy COML
 
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