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2011-09-16 11:07:52

Seemingly simple animals such as the snail and squid have ransacked the genetic toolkit over the last half billion years to find different ways to build complex brains, nervous systems and shells.

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2011-09-15 08:52:04

Smithsonian scientists and colleagues report that snails successfully crossed Central America, long considered an impenetrable barrier to marine organisms, twice in the past million years—both times probably by flying across Mexico, stuck to the legs or riding on the bellies of shorebirds and introducing new genes that contribute to the marine biodiversity on each coast.

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2011-07-11 13:15:00

According to scientists, snails are able to survive intact after being eaten by birds.

2011-04-29 11:47:39

Thousands of members of the public across Europe have taken part in one of the largest evolutionary studies ever, by observing banded snails in their gardens and open public spaces.

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2011-03-08 09:25:26

A research study in which the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) is participating has found evidence that suggests that the key to locomotion in snails stems from the animal’s complex muscle movements, and not from its mucus, as had been previously thought.

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2011-01-19 06:05:00

A Russian waterworks company is using giant African snails to become living sensors that can monitor air pollution coming from a sewage incinerator.

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2010-12-15 08:25:00

Two scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego have provided the first details about the mysterious flashes of dazzling bioluminescent light produced by a little-known sea snail.

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2010-10-19 11:08:39

Two world experts in micro molluscs, Anselmo Peñas and Emilio Rolán, have made an unprecedented description in a scientific publication of a combined total of 209 snail species.

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2010-10-04 11:14:44

Biodiversity decreases towards the poles almost everywhere in the world, except along the South American Pacific coast.

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2010-09-16 11:47:54

Scientists at UC Santa Barbara have discovered a caste of genetically identical "warrior worms" –– members of a parasitic fluke species that invades the California horn snail.


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Burgundy Snail, Helix pomatia
2013-10-14 09:35:00

The Burgundy Snail (Helix pomatia), known also as the Roman Snail, is an edible species of large, air-breathing land snail, a terrestrial pulmonate gastropod mollusk belonging to the family Helicidae. It’s a European species. It is called by the French name escargot when it is used in cooking. This species can be found in Germany, Austria, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, southwestern Bulgaria, northern and central Balkans, Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia and...

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