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​A 15-million-year-old mystery sea creature was discovered by a crew that was tasked with checking utilities following the earthquakes that occurred in Southern California. Dr. Russel Shapiro, a paleontology professor at CSU​ Chico, led a team to uncover the peculiar fossil and speculated what species this mystery sea creature could be. This fossil can now be found on public display on the Chico State campus in the Gateway Science Musem. ​


​​Seagrass beds are vital in the fight against climate change, as they can sequester large amounts of carbon in their soil and provide a buffer from the increasingly acidic waters. Dr. Brent Hughes has discovered that sea otters can help seagrass beds stay healthy simply because of what they eat. ​


​​As climate change continues to exacerbate​ sea level rise, the oceans continue to encroach inland causing havoc to coastal homes and cities. According to Dr. Kiki Patsch and Dr. Dan Reineman​, solutions are already in the works, however, this problem is much more complicated because sea level rise uniquely affects the waves that crash down on our coast. ​

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