Antarctic Seabed Biodiversity

It's a common myth that the oceans surrounding Antarctica hold the most diverse array of animals on earth, but they are home to a collection of species found nowhere else.

NIWA benthic ecologist Dr Dave Bowden explains how a unique assemblage of animals evolved on the seabed of Antarctica's continental shelf. This uniqueness is a product of isolation in a very cold environment over 20-30 million years, with ice shelves advancing and retreating. 

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