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Researchers have found that Indonesia’s Bajau people, who for generations have spent the majority of their days diving and hunting underwater, also have genetic adaptations for their unusual lifestyle.

Read more:
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/04/indonesian-divers-have-evolved-bigger-spleens-hunt-underwater

Read the paper: http://www.cell.com/cell/fulltext/S0092-8674(18)30386-6

CREDITS

producer
Sarah Crespi

supervising producer
Nguyen Khoi Nguyen

story
Elizabeth Pennisi

citation
M. A. Ilardo et al., Cell 2018
DOI: 10.1016/j.cell.2018.03.054

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organs Saeful Muslim/Noun project
astronaut Vineet Kumar Thakur/Noun Project

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diver with jackfish Timothy Allen/Getty
Bajau villagers Melissa Ilardo
spleen measuring Peter Damgaard

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Pond5

spleen man animation
Nguyen Khoi Nguyen

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Nguyen Khoi Nguyen

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