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Seven-Foot Living "Dinosaur" Lurks In Oregon

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December 20, 2002
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What's seven feet long, 250 million years old, and currently lurking in the depths of Oregon's Rogue River? It's the green sturgeon, the craggy, shark-like fish that has quietly eked out a living since the time of the dinosaurs. But according to a new study published by researchers from the Bronx-Zoo based Wildlife Conservation Society and other groups, this living fossil is extremely vulnerable to both overfishing and habitat alteration such as water diversion for irrigation and pollution.

NEW YORK (Dec. 19) -- What's seven feet long, 250 million years old, and currently lurking in the depths of Oregon's Rogue River? It's the green sturgeon, the craggy, shark-like fish that has quietly eked out a living since the time of the dinosaurs. But according to a new study published by researchers from the Bronx-Zoo based Wildlife Conservation Society and other groups, this living fossil is extremely vulnerable to both overfishing and habitat alteration such as water diversion for irrigation and pollution. The study appears in the current issue of the Journal of Applied Ichthyology.


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