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UPDATE: Sponges Back on Top

Or should that be bottom? Back in July I wrote an article here about comb jellies and the origins of complex animals. There is currently a debate raging in zoological circles about whether sponges or comb jellies are actually the most primitive form of animal life on our planet and in July a new genomic study had just been published which suggested the title should go to the jellies. 973 more words

Big Debates


One of those mornings. You awaken planked on your bed, your face drained of colour, your tongue sticking to the roof of your mouth. You have clearly consumed too much. 415 more words

Word Tasting Notes

Ctenophores- The Comb Bearers

The word Ctenophore (pronounced either “teen-o-four” or “ten-o-four”) comes from the Greek “Ctena”/comb and “pherein”/to bear. These beautiful animals bear their 8 comb plates in rows along the length of their bodies. 520 more words

Comb Jellies and the Origin of Animals

As of 08/12/15 there has been an UPDATE to this story. See ‘Sponges Back on Top

There are few questions as fundamental as the origins of life as we know it. 1,630 more words

Big Debates

Plankton sampling and examining

For the past week or so, first year Marine Science students have been learning about plankton. After collecting plankton of the Pearson College dock, students examined the samples using microscopes. 33 more words

Marine Organisms

A preponderance of plankton

As I was leaving the floating building at 12:15 pm yesterday (1 October 2014), I noticed a golf ball-sizedĀ green blob floating past the Pearson College dock. 176 more words

Marine Organisms