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AuthorsHERMIONE Consortium
Issue Date2010
CitationHERMIONE news 3: 1-12 (2010)
AbstractHERMIONE scientists from the Polytechnic University of Marche, Ancona, have discovered the first multicellular organisms living exclusively in oxygen-free environments. Until now, the ability to spend an entire life cycle in anoxic conditions was thought to be limited to unicellular organisms, or eukaryotes, so this exciting breakthrough has opened the door to a world of possibility for future exploration, experimentation and discovery. The team, led by Prof. Roberto Danovaro, have been investigating the deep, hypersaline, permanently anoxic basins of the Mediterranean Sea for ten years, examining the sediments for such fauna. Three new species of the phlyum Loricifera were eventually found and further investigation showed that they were not only able to survive these extreme conditions, but were also well-adapted to them.
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