Saturday, December 17, 2016
''Bioluminescence '' ARKIVE
Bioluminescence is light that is produced when a chemical reaction occurs within a living organism. Unlike other sources of light, bioluminescence is considered to be a ‘cold’ reaction as it does not give off any heat. Bioluminescence has mystified humankind throughout history and initial reports of sightings were discarded as myths. Modern day scientists continue to be eluded by the function and mechanisms of the process. A high percentage of bioluminescent species are found in the oceans, although a small amount are found in terrestrial ecosystems. It is thought that ocean-living organisms evolved the ability to produce light around 150 million years ago.