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Cave Biologists Unearth Buried Treasure

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Science  28 Sep 2001:
Vol. 293, Issue 5539, pp. 2378-2381
DOI: 10.1126/science.293.5539.2378

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Dominated by small insects, crustaceans, fish, and amphibians, cave fauna offer a glimpse into the usually inaccessible subterranean realm, where tiny air pockets and glistening crevices can be rich with life. And as more and more cave life comes to light, biologists are rethinking old generalizations about underground ecology and evolution, according to reports at a recent symposium on biospeleology (that is, cave biology), held in cave-combed Intervales State Park in southern Brazil.