The transparent teeth of this deep-sea dragonfish evolved for one lethal purpose

Date: June 5, 2019

Source: Science Magazine
Author: Helen Santoro

Five hundred meters below the ocean’s surface off the coast of California lives a creepy looking sea monster with a huge jaw and sharp rows of teeth. Even creepier, these teeth are transparent. Now, scientists think they know what makes them this way.

Researchers collected 10 dragonfish (Aristostomias scintillans, pictured) with a fishing net. They analyzed 40 of their teeth using detailed imaging to capture the teeth’s colors, makeup, and structure.

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