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France was once home to the Atlantic sturgeon, previously unknown on its territory

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December 22, 2009
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CNRS (Délégation Paris Michel-Ange)
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Until now, only one species of sturgeon was known in France: the European sturgeon. Biologists have just shown, for the first time, that another species previously unknown in France used to be present in French waters: the Atlantic sturgeon. This species already existed in the French Atlantic region at the end of the Neolithic 5 000 years ago, and was still thriving 3 000 years later. Moreover, at that time European and Atlantic sturgeons co-existed at some sites. This discovery is of major importance for programs for the reintroduction of sturgeons into European rivers.

Atlantic sturgeon in the Saint John River (New Brunswick, Canada); size: 220 cm
Credit: Copyright Nathalie Desse-Berset / CNRS 2009

Until now, only one species of sturgeon was known in France: the European sturgeon. Nathalie Desse-Berset, an archeozoologist at CNRS (1), has just shown, for the first time, that another species previously unknown in France used to be present in French waters: the Atlantic sturgeon. This species already existed in the French Atlantic region at the end of the Neolithic 5 000 years ago, and was still thriving 3 000 years later. Moreover, at that time European and Atlantic sturgeons co-existed at some sites.


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  1. Desse-Berset et al. First archaeozoological identification of Atlantic sturgeon (Acipenser oxyrinchus Mitchill 1815) in France. Comptes Rendus Palevol, 2009; 8 (8): 717 DOI: 10.1016/j.crpv.2009.06.001

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CNRS (Délégation Paris Michel-Ange). "France was once home to the Atlantic sturgeon, previously unknown on its territory." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 22 December 2009. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/12/091220173710.htm>.
CNRS (Délégation Paris Michel-Ange). (2009, December 22). France was once home to the Atlantic sturgeon, previously unknown on its territory. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 21, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/12/091220173710.htm
CNRS (Délégation Paris Michel-Ange). "France was once home to the Atlantic sturgeon, previously unknown on its territory." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/12/091220173710.htm (accessed April 21, 2014).

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