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Did you Know? Deep-sea volcanoes have yielded the discovery of new creatures.
Finding previously unknown organisms in the depths of the ocean may sound like something out of a science fiction horror film, but a 2020 study of a deep-sea volcano near New Zealand, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, uncovered "over 90 putative bacterial and archaeal genomic families and nearly 300 previously unknown genera." Hydrothermal vents, like deep-sea volcanoes, have been connected to the "beginning of life" in certain studies. So, are we seeing the beginnings of future land-dwellers? We'll have to wait and see what happens.