Considering water covers more than two-thirds of our planet’s surface, it’s perhaps unsurprising that so much of the ocean is still unknown to us. That’s one reason the sea is endlessly fascinating; there’s so much more out there waiting to be discovered. “People have this passionate enthusiasm for outer space, which is totally understandable, but the ocean is equally if not more exciting to me because it’s here,” research scientist Vicki Ferrini told Vox. “It’s the same planet that we’re on!” Let’s dive into the wonders of the sea with some incredible photos that shed some light on the mysteries of the deep.
On the island of Hispaniola — specifically in the part bordered off as the nation of Haiti — archaeologists have found something incredible. Over the course of several decades, a series of excavations at a site called Puerto Real have uncovered some special artifacts. One discovery in particular, though it might initially have seemed quite innocuous, is especially interesting. Experts found what appeared to be part of an old cow’s tooth. Big deal right? Well, it turned out to be pretty significant indeed. This tooth, it became clear, was the key to unlocking a secret that had long baffled experts.