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Brainless, faceless prehistoric fish found in Scottish waters

By Shane Graber - Posted Dec 30, 2011 10:00 AM
The fish is called an Amphioxus and instead of a face or a brain, it has a simple nerve cord running down the length of its back. This was one of the interesting finds in a 2011 government-backed expedition.
Brainless, faceless prehistoric fish found in Scottish waters

An Amphioxus found in Scottish waters.

These interesting and unique fish were found just off the coast of Tankerness in Orkney and has been described as "elusive" and "rarely seen". It is also considered as an example of the first animals that evolved a backbone.

"In an age where the lands of the world have been mapped out and recorded, it's amazing how many discoveries are waiting to be found under the waves. The waters around Scotland are rich in such fascinating biodiversity and it's our responsibility to protect this fragile environment," Scottish environment secretary Richard Lochhead said.

(via ZeeNews)

Author: Shane Graber
Location: Indiana

Shane has kept saltwater tanks for the last 12 years, is a research scientist, lives in northern Indiana, and is a proud Advanced Aquarist staffer.

Website: http://www.advancedaquarist.com/.

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