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Message from the fish teeth

An innovative analysis of isotope signatures in fish fossils will help in understanding past ocean circulation and its role in the climate system, and in testing models for climate reconstruction.

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Diekmann, B. Message from the fish teeth. Nature 430, 26–27 (2004).

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