If the key to happiness is appreciating the little things in life, then take a moment to appreciate the claw of a microscopic mite only 600 um long. It’s from a new species discovered in the soil of a chestnut plantation where they use their nubbles and knobs (technically known as palettes) to “swim” through the soil in search of… well, we don’t quite know what yet. But something tasty.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S)
Kalliopi Monoyios is an independent science illustrator. She has illustrated several popular science books including Neil Shubin's Your Inner Fish and The Universe Within, and Jerry Coyne's Why Evolution is True. Find her at www.kalliopimonoyios.com.