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BY COLLIN RUANE
ANCHOR CANDICE AVILES
 
For centuries, marine biologists have been trying to figure out what’s lurking 20,000 leagues under the sea. And in a recent study, they concluded that despite all their underwater exploration, there is still approximately one-third of ocean life that they have yet to discover. Nature.com explains:

“While the number of 700,000 to 1 million reported this week in Current Biology is not as high as some previous estimates – which have ranged as high as 10 million – there is some positive news for lovers of all things sea: between one and two thirds of all species in the seas may remain to be discovered.”

In the study, scientists say they have not been able to work with this kind of accuracy in the past when projecting how many species have gone undetected. But now, the uncertain is a lot clearer.

“For the first time, we can provide a very detailed overview of species richness, partitioned among all major marine groups. It is the state of the art of what we know—and perhaps do not know—about life in the ocean.”

Scientists are anticipating some major progress in the search for these creatures in the near future. UPI adds:

The researchers say they expect the vast majority of unknown species -- mostly smaller crustaceans, mollusks, worms and sponges -- will be found this century.”

Under The Sea: One-Third of Species Undiscovered

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Nov 16, 2012

Under The Sea: One-Third of Species Undiscovered

 

BY COLLIN RUANE
ANCHOR CANDICE AVILES
 
For centuries, marine biologists have been trying to figure out what’s lurking 20,000 leagues under the sea. And in a recent study, they concluded that despite all their underwater exploration, there is still approximately one-third of ocean life that they have yet to discover. Nature.com explains:

“While the number of 700,000 to 1 million reported this week in Current Biology is not as high as some previous estimates – which have ranged as high as 10 million – there is some positive news for lovers of all things sea: between one and two thirds of all species in the seas may remain to be discovered.”

In the study, scientists say they have not been able to work with this kind of accuracy in the past when projecting how many species have gone undetected. But now, the uncertain is a lot clearer.

“For the first time, we can provide a very detailed overview of species richness, partitioned among all major marine groups. It is the state of the art of what we know—and perhaps do not know—about life in the ocean.”

Scientists are anticipating some major progress in the search for these creatures in the near future. UPI adds:

The researchers say they expect the vast majority of unknown species -- mostly smaller crustaceans, mollusks, worms and sponges -- will be found this century.”
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