A photoset dedicated to Mantis Shrimp.
Prehistoric Eyes Found
A half-billion-year-old fossil “compound” eye (left)—likely from an ancient shrimplike predator—was surprisingly advanced for its time and gave its owner vision comparable to those of modern insects, such as the robber fly (right), a new study says.
Vernal Pool Fairy Shrimp
Fairy shrimp, or Eubranchipus vernalis, are small crustaceans that date back to the Cambrian period, essentially unchanged in the past half-billion years. “One of the reasons they’ve been successful and able to live for so long,” said Naskrecki, “is that their biology essentially accounts for any kind of natural disaster they could encounter.”
Their eggs can survive both boiling water and liquid nitrogen. They can live in a dormant state for eight years. They can be blown by wind to essentially anywhere in the world. They even turn up in Utah’s Great Salt Lake and in Africa’s deserts.
Digitized Deep-Ocean Expedition Discovers Surprising Oasis of Life
Marine biologists have discovered a never-before-seen duo of organisms colonizing a deep-sea hydrothermal vent in the Atlantic Ocean.
The team discovered the unlikely duo of shrimp and tubeworms, neither of which can rely on sunlight at the bottom of the ocean to power a food chain below them. Instead, the creatures have evolved to harbor chemosynthetic bacteria that feed on rich nutrients that billow from hydrothermal vents. [Read More]