Historical fish gut study shows they’ve been eating plastic since 1950

S strand of microplastic can be see in the digestive tract of a fish

Modern scientific techniques are rapidly improving our understanding of how plastic pollution can impact marine organisms, and a new study has demonstrated how they can also be used to understand the plight of creatures past. Scientists have used museum collections to step back in time and study the guts of freshwater fish over the past century, which revealed not just that they’ve been swallowing plastic waste for decades, but that the concentration in their bellies has skyrocketed in recent times.

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