A marine animal thought extinct for four million years was found alive and well and living near Picton. Called Protulophila, this new living fossil forms a network of tiny holes in the chalky tubes of marine worms called serpulids.
Fossil examples were discovered by a group of scientists conducting
field work at Wanganui where they found Protulophila in a tubeworm from
geologically young rocks less than a million years old.