December 16, 2013

Glass Castles in the Sea

Cheryl Lyn Dybas, Natural History Magazine

The Associated Press

Autumn arrived on a night wind along the Strait of Georgia, the Pacific Ocean waters between Vancouver Island and the mainland of British Columbia. The next day, a cold snap whipped waves into whitecaps as a research vessel maneuvered into position in a fjord known as Howe Sound. On deck, a crewmember closed the vaultlike hatch of the Aquarius, a fourteen-foot-long submersible.

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TAGGED: Sponges, Ocean, Coral Reef


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December 13, 2013
New Organism Obfuscates Animal Evolution
John Timmer, Ars Technica
A few years ago, the origins of all animals seemed very simple. Sponges lacked a nervous system, which placed them at the very root of the animal family tree. They did, however, have specialized collar cells, which looked a lot... more ››