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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
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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