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Fish-albino rats fell into the hands of scientists

September 25 2007

When a few years ago, scientists discovered dozhivshuyu to our prehistoric days of fish-rat - Hydrolagus matallanasi, cousin of the dinosaurs - and one could not imagine that this research has a long-term. But recently found a new instance of this ancient Chimera - albino.

The length of the fish-rat is 30 - 40 cm, this being a large, like the wing-like fin and tail whip. It was first discovered off the coast of Brazil in 2001. Then scientists can not identify the trapped instance, decided to equip several expeditions to search for additional materials for research. Until now, finding the gray-brown or pinkish-brown fish, but recently fishers lucky as a unique instance of albino. Now the experts will determine whether the mutation leads to a deficiency of melanin in the body, is as old as itself a species, reports AP.

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