Evolution and biogeography of deep-sea vent and seep invertebrates.

Journal Article (Review;Journal Article)

Deep-sea hydrothermal vents and cold seeps are submarine springs where nutrient-rich fluids emanate from the sea floor. Vent and seep ecosystems occur in a variety of geological settings throughout the global ocean and support food webs based on chemoautotrophic primary production. Most vent and seep invertebrates arrive at suitable habitats as larvae dispersed by deep-ocean currents. The recent evolution of many vent and seep invertebrate species (<100 million years ago) suggests that Cenozoic tectonic history and oceanic circulation patterns have been important in defining contemporary biogeographic patterns.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Van Dover, CL; German, CR; Speer, KG; Parson, LM; Vrijenhoek, RC

Published Date

  • February 2002

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 295 / 5558

Start / End Page

  • 1253 - 1257

PubMed ID

  • 11847331

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1095-9203

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0036-8075

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1126/science.1067361


  • eng