"Living fossil" found in the Pacific
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"Living fossil" found in the Pacific

The Valley : Anguilla | Aug 21, 2011 at 6:04 AM PDT
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My eel in fish tank A4, April 25. 2011

The little brown fish parts have anatomical characteristics with modern pine needles, but even more in common with the eels which swam around for 200 million years ago.

Among the similarities with ancient pine needles, we find large head, short and compressed body, collar-like opening at the gills, and a tip of the jaw bone called the premaxilla.

Brand new family

"Newcomer" has been named Protoanguilla Palau after the researchers saw it necessary to create a new taxonomic family and relatives. The family name comes from the Greek word Protos , which means first , and the Latin word for eel - Anguilla .

At first the scientists were discussing about the newly discovered creation at all was an eel, which undertakes genetic analyzes appeared to confirm.

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"Living fossil" found in the Pacific
Newly discovered eel is so special and primitive that scientists call it a living fossil.
sharinaz is based in Karāchi, Sind, Pakistan, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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