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The Artful Amoeba

Giant, Ancient Chirping Pill-Millipedes of Madagascar: Irresistible

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On the island of Madagascar lives a group of millipedes that can roll into balls as large as a small orange. Although that may seem alarming, they have no poison glands. They can, however, activate your cuteness sensors.

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The Artful Amoeba

An Illustration of the Many Ways to Be Multicellular on Planet Earth

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How many ways are there to be multicellular on Earth? You know, organisms made of more than one cell? Let’s see . . . plants, animals, and fungi. Three, right? Wrong. I give you “Representative Diverse Origins of Multicellularity …”, aka, Fig. 1 from the paper “The Evolutionary-Developmental Origins of Multicellularity” in the January issue [...]

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The Artful Amoeba

Is This Spindly Fossil a 3-Billion-Year-Old Eukaryote?

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“Surprisingly Large and Complex” 3 Billion Year Old Fossil ID’d as ex-Plankton Eukaryotes may not be the most abundant organisms on earth (that would be viruses, if you count them as alive), or the most ancient (bacteria and archaea are surely Eldest), but they have given Earth its most structurally entertaining passengers. Pterodactyls, anglerfish, slime [...]

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The Artful Amoeba

Wonderful Things: Desmids, Microscopic Plants of Unusual Beauty and Oddball Behavior

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Sometimes I want to show you something just because it’s wonderful. So today I’m introducing a new feature: Wonderful Things. The name is taken from my blog’s masthead, but is also inspired by Howard Carter. When he broke in to the tomb of Tutankhamun, he stuck a candle in the hole and surveyed the contents. [...]

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