The history of insects living on the open ocean tracked with the history of the currents they ride

ScienceDaily | Sep 7, 2021 at 8:02 PM
  • How these insects evolved to conquer the high seas, however, was not known.
  • The answer has to do with when major currents in the eastern Pacific Ocean came into existence with each species of skater evolving to match the unique conditions of those currents.
  • Scientists from the National University of Singapore (NUS) and Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego examined the genetics of three ocean skater species collected with dip nets across the eastern Pacific between Hawaii and Peru.