PHOTOS: Oldest Seahorses Found; Help Solve Mystery

PHOTOS: Oldest Seahorses Found; Help Solve Mystery
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Found in Slovenia, this five-millimeter-long fossil of a baby seahorse (left, and in an illustration, right), is among the first evidence of the only known extinct seahorse species ever found, Hippocampus slovenicus.

The fish appears similar to living pygmy seahorses, but has a considerably longer snout.

The abundance of newfound seahorse fossils suggests that these ancient species had broods of at least ten offspring at a time, researchers said in April 2009.
—Photograph and illustration courtesy Jure Žalohar
 
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