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Recently, Dr. Paul Taylor and some colleagues from the Natural History Museum in London found fossilized remains of Protulophila -- small hydroids similar to jellyfish -- on rocks dated less than a half million years ago. These creatures were thought to only be present in the Middle East and Europe, becoming extinct four million years ago.
During an expedition to the Kermadec Trench north of New Zealand in the Pacific Ocean researchers discovered a ‘supergiant’ amphipod measuring 10 times the size of typical amphipods.
New Zealanders complaining about unseasonal summer rain in recent weeks have received proof of changing climatic conditions after icebergs were sighted in local waters for the first time since 1948.
- A transitional zone between two communities containing the characteristic species of each.