Purple sea urchins evolve in a flash to survive growing acidity

Tuesday, April 9, 2013 - 11:31 in Biology & Nature

By Tanya LewisLiveScienceMushrooming carbon-dioxide levels are leading to caustic ocean conditions, but some species, like the purple sea urchin, have the ability to adapt to this changing environment, a new study shows.Researchers grew purple sea urchins (Strongylocentrotus purpuratus) — which are echinoderms (a group that also includes sea stars and brittle stars) with spiky protrusions made of ...

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