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2008-05-21 16:44:38

Among the greatest mysteries in zoology for more than a century have been vaguely shrimp-like creatures known as y-larvae. Although these microscopic beasts are clearly young crustaceans, no one knew what the adult forms looked like. Now researchers may have solved this puzzle by dosing the y-larvae with a hormone that forced them to go through a growth spurt. The result - simple, pulsing, slug-like masses of cells that were "mind-blowing" to the scientists. These...

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2008-05-20 08:57:22

First identified in 1899, y-larvae have been one of the greatest zoological mysteries for over a century. No one has ever found an adult of these puzzling crustaceans, despite the plethora of these larvae in plankton, leading generations of marine zoologists to wonder just what y-larvae grow up to be. A study published in BioMed Central's open access journal, BMC Biology, reports the transformation of the larvae into a previously unseen, wholly un-crustacean-like, parasitic form.Y larvae, or...


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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