First-ever deep-sea alligator food fall

Wednesday, April 3, 2019
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    First-ever deep-sea alligator food fall

    Alligators were dropped to the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico in February 2019 for the first-ever experiment on what eats reptiles in the world’s deep oceans. This research will help us learn more about:

    1. deep-sea food webs
    2. ancient food webs (because maybe some species eating the gators had ancestors that ate now-extinct reptiles like mosasaurs)
    3. how materials created on land sustain and impact ocean food webs

    This research is by #woodfall scientists Craig McClain, Clifton Nunnally, and River Dixon.

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