Back from the dead: Race to save Romania’s 65 million-year-old fish

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On a tiny stretch of the fast-flowing Valsan river in Romania lives one of the rarest fish in Europe, and quite possibly the world. The 65-million-year-old Asprete was first discovered by a biology student in 1956, and for decades it has teetered on the brink of extinction. “After many years trying to save [it], people were telling us that the species was extinct,” Nicolae Craciun, a 59-year-old biologist, told the BBC. “But we were sure they still existed.” The Asprete, a small nocturnal fish that hides under rocks, has an uncertain future and faces myriad threats.

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