Briny deep basin may be home to animals thriving without oxygen

Deep-sea creatures would be a remarkable first

By Susan Milius, 17:08 PM April 9, 2010

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The claim is startling and the evidence indirect, but marine biologists seem open to the idea that multicellular animals can live without oxygen.

Three species of loriciferan, a creature that sounds and looks like something out of a Dr. Seuss book, appear to go their whole lives without oxygen, researchers report online April 6 in BMC Biology.

“This discovery is truly exceptional,” says invertebrate biologist Gonzalo Giribet of Harvard University, who was not ...

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