5 Mysterious Deep Sea Discoveries
Doggerland, Britain's lost Atlantis
During the last Ice Age, Europe was connected to the island of Great Britain by a land mass which was since then flooded by rising sea levels. This land mass is known as Doggerland, and has been the subject of debate and mystery for thousands of years. Interest in Doggerland intensified in 1931 when a barbed antler was dragged up by a passing cargo ship. After examination it was concluded that the antler dated back to about the time when Doggerland was above sea levels.
Since then there have been a number of interesting discoveries in the oceans of Doggerland, including the remains of ancient mammoth and lions, and even a number of tools dating back to the same period. In 2008 a skull fragment of a Neanderthal, dating around 40,000 years old was discovered, sparking further intrigue and studies in the area.
In 2011 a group of researchers discovered ancient fungi dating back to over 100 million years ago in the Pacific Ocean. It's still a mystery how the fungi are managing to survive in sediments that are completely depleted of any nutrients, and have been nutrient-depleted for millions of years. To the excitement of scientists, it was established that these fungi belong to the genus Penicillium, offering potentially new antibiotics which could help combat the problem of drug-resistant bacteria. The extreme resilience shown by these ancient fungi leads researchers to believe that this discovery could be akin to the discovery of penicillin in its importance for mankind.