Saturday, June 03, 2006

Major Time Out

In case you missed it, the big news in biology this week was the Israeli discovery of an underground ecosystem millions of years old.

"Discovery of eight previously unknown, ancient animal species within 'a new and unique underground ecosystem' in Israel was revealed today by Hebrew University of Jerusalem researchers...

The cave, which has been dubbed the Ayalon Cave, is 'unique in the world,' said Prof. Amos Frumkin of the Hebrew University Department of Geography. This is due mainly to its isolation from the outside world, since the cave's surface is situated under a layer of chalk that is impenetrable to water. The cave, with its branches, extends over some 2.5 kilometers, making it Israel's second largest limestone cave. It is to remain closed to the public to permit further scientific research."

more at the Hebrew University page.


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