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Oldest Seahorses Found; Help Solve Mystery

The oldest seahorse fossils discovered to date have been uncovered in Slovenia, shedding light on how the naturally weak swimmers managed to disperse around the world.

This 13-million-year-old baby seahorse, with a head measuring just 5 millimeters (0.2 inch) long, is among the oldest seahorse fossils ever discovered, scientists said in April 2009.

Earlier seahorses likely lived in the temperate shallow coastal waters of the passageway between Europe and Africa that linked the Atlantic with the Indian Ocean until about 15 million years ago, the researchers say. That passageway would have helped the fish slowly spread around the globe.

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