Longest Lived Animal Found

Longest lived animal found, according to reports in BBC News and Bangor University News, 28 October 2007. Scientists from the School of Ocean Sciences at Bangor University have dredged up a clam named Arctica islandica from the ocean floor near Iceland. They estimate that it had lived between 405 and 410 years, making it the […]

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Leftover Snail Study

Science Shots, 27 March 2006. (whole item quoted) “Lefties unite! It’s the rare marine snail whose shell coils to the left rather than the right. It’s even rarer for these lefties to find a similarly whorled mate. But they do have one advantage over their dextral (righty) counterparts: Analyses of shell scars (dark line) on […]

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Jurassic Shrimp Lives

Jurassic shrimp lives, according to a report in New Scientist News 10 December 2006 and ABC (Australia) News in Science, 11 Dec 2006. Researchers carrying out a census of marine life have turned up a shrimp that was believed to have been extinct for 50 million years. The creature, named Neoglyphea neocaledonia, was found alive […]

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Hulking Huge Jellyfish Fossils

“Hulking huge” upper Cambrian jellyfish fossils impress palaeontologists of the California Institute of Technology who discovered thousands of fossilised jellyfish, many as large as 70cm (28in) in diameter, in central Wisconsin (USA). According to a report in Nature Science Update, 30 January 2002, the fossils are buried in several different layers of a “fossilised beach” […]

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Harvestmen Haven’t Changed

Harvestmen haven’t changed according to an article in BBC News 18 May 2005. Jason Dunlop and colleagues from the Museum fur Naturkunde, Germany have found a “100 million-year-old arachnid, which looked like it might have died last year” preserved in amber. It is a harvestman, a spider-like creature with a small body and long thin […]

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Hairy Crab

Hairy crab found, according to reports in BBC News, and news@nature and ScienceNOW 8 March 2006. A crab that looks like a “cross between a gorilla and a lobster” has been found living near a hydrothermal vent at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean 1,500km (900miles) south of Easter Island. The white crab is 15cm […]

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Gravity Defying Spider Feet

Gravity defying spider feet inspire materials scientists, as reported in ScienceNOW 23 April 2004. Andrew Martin, a specialist in biomechanics, and colleagues at the Institute for Technical Zoology and Bionics, Bremen, Germany have studied spider feet to find out how spiders can walk upside down. As they suspected the spiders have tiny hairs on their […]

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Glass Engineering For Sponges

Glass engineering for sponges described in an article in Science, vol 309, p253, 8 July 2005. A team of scientists led by Joanna Aizenberg of Bell Laboratories/Lucent Technologies, Murray Hill, New Jersey has studied the skeleton of the glass sponge, Euplectella, to see how it constructs a strong stable structure from spicules of glass. Glass […]

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Giant Spider Story Shrinks

Giant spider story shrinks, as reported in BBC News, 15 Feb 2005. A fossil discovered in 1980 in Argentina was claimed to be “the most terrifying spider ever to roam the Earth” and was listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s largest spider, has been rediscovered after it had been locked in […]

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Aussie Fossil Animals Are Plants

Aussie fossil animals are plants, claims University of Oregon scientist, according to articles in ScienceNOW 12 December 2012 and ABC News in Science 13 December 2012. The Ediacaran fossils are imprints of creatures found in the rocks in South Australia dated as 635 to 542 million years old, i.e. before the Cambrian explosion. They have […]

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