(Part I here) In the previous post of this series (way too long ago...), we went on a little diving adventure into the microscopic world with our ocelloid-bearing Nematodinium , starting off with giant kelp forests and gradually zooming into the critters living on the blade surfaces and wading deep into the molecular world of genomes -- barely scratching the surface, of course. In this installment, we'll look a little more at how these critters interact with each other -- and with bacteria -- sometimes with lasting consequences.
Don't panic -- welcome to the forty-second Carnival of Evolution! Please bear with me and pretend it's still Dec 1st -- I had just recently emerged from a wormhole in time, caused by being in a protistologist's heaven: Dalhousie University in Halifax, with about 30-40 dedicated protist geeks milling about.
The most fundamental divide in the diversity of living creatures is arguably the one between prokaryotes (=bacteria*) and eukaryotes (the tiny island of cumbersomely complex cells that consists of protists.
And we're back! The protists have never actually left, but some of us have pursued them (or rather, employment related to them) all the way into the cornfields of Indiana*.
Let's go on an introductory tour of the protist world – a micro-dive if you will – led by our ocelloid-bearing submersible: let's take Nematodinium out for a ride today.
Hello everyone, and welcome again to The Ocelloid! The intro post before was a little too formal and impersonal, I think, at least for my usual style anyway.
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