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Sea Lampreys Use Fat Layer To Attract Females
2013-06-27 18:33:19

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Male sea lampreys, often called vampire fish, have a long ridge running across their backs that contains a long row of brown fat cells. Other animals also have stores of brown fat similar to the ridge found on the male lampreys. In mammals, this fat is used to regulate body temperature and warm the animal when their surroundings are too cold. Scientists from Michigan State University (MSU) were curious why the male lampreys had this...

Genome Sequencing Of The Sea Lamprey Completed By Researchers
2013-03-02 05:21:25

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online According to a report in the journal Nature Genetics, an international team of geneticists has announced the successful sequencing of the sea lamprey genome. The sea lamprey makes for an interesting genetic case from an evolutionary standpoint, being a jawless vertebrate that diverged from jawed vertebrates millions of years ago. “The sea lamprey is a primitive jawless vertebrate that diverged from other jawed vertebrates...


Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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