The origin of the loneliest fish species in the world has been established by biological scientists.

The Devil’s Hole pupfish is a species of fish that exists literally in only one place in the whole world- a 3 by 6 metre open air pool in the heart of the Mojave desert. This tiny area is where every single pupfish that has ever existed has been born, fed, lived and died.

Scientists looked at the divergence in the genetic history between the Devil’s Hole pupfish and some of its closest relatives and found that they split some 60,000 years ago, a figure far older than previous estimates.

Biological Science and Natural Sciences (B) students can look at the evolution of species and consider how a species can adapt to certain harsh conditions. Geography students can look at how geological events in history can shape the ecological landscape of certain areas.

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