If any readers out there want to spoil the ladies of DSN with some diamonds, we will gladly accept any of these lovely pieces from Tiffany & Co. (my favourite shop, of course). I just stumbled upon this fabulous collection designed by Jean Schlumberger, who presents a delicious array of jeweled ocean creatures. For a . . . → Read More: Undersea jewelry (and sparkling diamonds) from Tiffany & Co.
All snails and their ancestors, the Gastropods, share a common feature. We people with fancy Ph.D.’s in biology call this a synapomorphy, a word derived from the Greek words for “together with”, “away from”, and “shape”, namely syn, apo, and morphe. You might think the shell is a common feature of snails, but Gastropoda also . . . → Read More: How the Gastropod Got Its Twist
Starting around 540 million years ago during the Cambrian explosion many animal phyla, including the freshest of them all—bivalves, came into existence. Within ~100 million years, bivalves gained gills modified to filter feed, siphons to better breath, and a muscular foot to bury themselves into the sediment. However, for the last ~400 million years . . . → Read More: Can Bivalves Kick It? Yes they can!
Hermit Crab Changes Shell & Hermit in a Bottle “After having looked for years, we finally saw a hermit crab in the act of switching shells. And, in the same month, also saw one walking around in a bottle!” Find out lots of great pictures and videos by the divers at Blenny Watcher, an . . . → Read More: Finding The Perfect Home That Just Screams YOU!
I found this amusing, did you?? MARCEL THE SHELL WITH SHOES ON, TWO from Dean Fleischer-Camp on Vimeo. h/t @CackleofRad
Lepas anatifera from Washington state, USA. Photo credit: David Cowles 1997. Barnacle evolution was recently rewritten by a large effort of Perez-Losada and colleagues in 2008. Using a combination of genes and morphological traits they rejected some of the ideas that were foundational to barnacle biology and taxonomy, while giving new support for other . . . → Read More: Barnacle Evolution I: Phylogeny Served Without Plates
The holidays are a time for lists: shopping list, grocery list for the holiday meal, things I must accomplish before the year ends, and Santa’s naughty or nice list. In case your wondering, all of us at DSN were naughty, except for me. I’ve been more nasty nice. To these lists, I will add the . . . → Read More: The Twelve Days of Snails
Why don’t animal’s use wheels in locomotion? Why aren’t blue whales bigger? Why are there no freshwater starfish? Why are there no tree dwelling cephalopods? Why can’t my dog make a decent cocktail? These are the kinds of questions that intrigue me. Apparently I am not alone. Geerat Vermeij’s new paper “Sound reasons for silence: . . . → Read More: If Molluscs Could Communicate What Would They Say?
A blog war is starting to develop again. No I am not talking about this one. I am talking about the Great Invertebrate Wars. Everything was quiet until someone had to stir the pot. GIW I took many causalities with molluscs taking the clear win. Which invertebrate group will take GIW II? If polls are . . . → Read More: Molluscs, now with 100% more awesum
With an illustration this cool you know it has to be good science Behold the Samuel Jackson of snails, i.e. one bad mother It is told in the Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai At the time of the attack on the castle at Shimabara, Tazaki Geki was wearing very resplendent armor. Lord Katsuhige was . . . → Read More: The Evolution of Iron-Clad Samurai Snails With Gold Feet