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An unusual, newly discovered type deep-sea worm lives on the bones of dead animals and features males that have grown significantly larger than their predecessors, researchers from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography report in a new study.
Brooding is a usual behavior in animals. However, to observe it in a marine worm is exceptional and, more surprisingly, it guards eggs from external threats.
Zombie worms are coming for your bones – but only if they end up at the bottom of Antarctic waters.
Only within the past 12 years have marine biologists come to learn about the eye-opening characteristics of mystifying sea worms that live and thrive on the bones of whale carcasses.
Marine biologists reported they have discovered a whale skeleton sitting on the ocean floor near Antarctica for the first time.
Recently discovered worm with bone-eating lifestyle not exclusive to whale carcasses.
Dead whales that sink down to the seafloor provide a feast for deep-sea animals that can last for years.
An international team of scientists led by the paleontologist Steffen Kiel at the University of Kiel, Germany, found the first fossil boreholes of the worm Osedax that consumes whale bones on the deep-sea floor.
It sounds like a classic horror storyâ€”eyeless, mouthless worms lurk in the dark, settling onto dead animals and sending out green "roots" to devour their bones. In fact, such worms do exist in the deep sea.
The females of the recently discovered Osedax marine worms feast on submerged bones via a complex relationship with symbiotic bacteria, and they are turning out to be far more diverse and widespread than scientists expected.
- A morbid dread of being buried alive. Also spelled 'taphiphobia'.