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The secrets of Russia’s Sea of Okhotsk – nearly 500 species discovered 

… Okhotsk was scant and lacking diversity, and previously they knew of only 50 species in the Kuril Basin. Deputy head of the SokhoBio expedition, Marina Malyutina, told RBTH that they found about 1,000 species there last summer. More than half of them are completely new for scientists. Most are similar to Antarctic and Atlantic deep-water species, and include single-celled organisms, crustaceans, mollusks, echinoderms, various worms, and fish. Deep-sea surprises Scientists were surprised by the …

Spiky monsters: New species of ‘super-armored’ worm discovered

… similar Canadian fossil in the 1980s. The newly-identified species lived in what is now China during the Cambrian explosion, a period of rapid evolutionary development around half a billion years ago, when most major animal groups first appear in the fossil record. A detailed analysis of its form and evolutionary relationships indicates that the Chinese Collins’ Monster is a distant early ancestor of modern velvet worms, or onychophorans, a small group of squishy animals resembling legged …

Invasive jumping worms on the move across state

By Lee Bergquist of the Journal Sentinel | June 23, 2015 The jumping worm — a destructive invasive species found in Wisconsin for the first time in Madison in October 2013 — has since turned up in multiple locations around the state, including Milwaukee. The discoveries prompted the state Department of Natural Resources to mount a public education campaign this summer aimed at slowing the spread of the wriggling worms. Originally from Asia, the worms are the most recent in a barrage of …

How ancient ‘zombie worms’ screwed up valuable fossils – CNET

By Michael Franco | April 17, 2015 In 2002, biologist Robert Vrijenhoek from The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute was searching for deep-sea clams in Monterey Canyon when he came upon strange red worms feeding on a whale carcass. After some lab work, Vrijenhoek and his fellow researchers determined that he had discovered a brand new species of worm, which he called Osedax, and popular culture quickly called it the “zombie worm” because of its penchant for devouring bones. …

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