New Species Of Shark Discovered In Deep Sea

The discovery of the Atlantic sixgill shark teaches us more about sharks as a whole, and could help with future conservation efforts.

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New Species Of Shark Discovered In Deep Sea
Scientists have split a previously identified species of sixgill shark into two different species. PHOTOGRAPH BY PAUL NICKLEN, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CREATIVE

ELAINA ZACHOS on NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC | 28 February 2018

Recently, scientists at the Florida Institute of Technology have confirmed that there is a new species of sixgill shark. Now named the Atlantic sixgill shark, this species inhabits the depths of the Atlantic Ocean, as well as parts of the Indian and Pacific oceans. Its ancestors date back more than 250 million years, which is 20 million years before the time of dinosaurs.

The findings were published last week in the journal Marine Biodiversity.

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