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News Release 08-208

Historical Ecology Increases Understanding of Earth's Past and Future

Interdisciplinary research is critical to expanding our knowledge of the evolutionary history of the North Atlantic and predicting the environmental effects of climate change

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A satellite photo of the Northern Hemisphere illustrating the invasion of marine organisms.

A satellite photo of the Northern Hemisphere. The arrows are meant to indicate the massive invasion of marine organisms that happened from the Pacific to the Atlantic after the opening of the Bering Strait 3.5 million years ago. This invasion established many Pacific lineages on both coasts of the North Atlantic. A new invasion has begun now that the Arctic Ice Cap is melting, which makes the figure doubly relevant.

Credit: NASA; Graphic design: Matt Selva/Anthony Wing Kosner/Wing and Ko

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