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How do scientists study the PAST diversity of life in the oceans?

History of Marine Animal Populations (HMAP)
HMAP scientists use historical human records and natural environmental archives to investigate life in the oceans before widespread fishing and to determine the impacts of human activities and environmental changes. This information is compiled into a long-term pre-Census reference point for the present and future of marine animal populations.

Historical paintings, such as this, can provide important clues about the type and amount of fishing that has been done throughout history. (History of Marine Animal Populations - HMAP)

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