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Old 12-11-2009, 12:46 PM   #1
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Slideshow: A Cavalcade of Boneworms
By Virginia Morell
ScienceNOW Daily News
13 November 2009

Slideshow: A Cavalcade of Boneworms -- Morell 2009 (1113): 2 -- ScienceNOW
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Curious to see if the worms, which the scientists described as a new genus, Osedax (meaning bone-eater), lived at other depths, the MBARI researchers dropped five dead whales from Monterey Bay beaches at different locations in the canyon's waters between 2004 and 2008. Over the intervening years, they discovered a jackpot of previously unknown worms on the bones. "We now have 15 species of boneworms from Monterey Canyon," living at depths from 300 to 3000 meters, says Vrijenhoek. Two additional species have also been discovered on whale carcasses that other researchers sank off of...
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These photos are better than in the video, News Release - A motley collection of boneworms, BONE-WORM PICTURES: Whale-Eaters Surprise Scientists, and World’s Freakiest Worm Gets Expanded Family Tree | Wired Science | Wired.com This video is clearer
Pretty wild!!! Worms with roots like trees!!!
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