In contrast to related species in which dwarf males dwell within larger females, males of a newly discovered species of deep-sea bone-eating worm, Osedax priapus, can extend their trunks to mate with nearby females (scale bar 0.5 mm). Image of the Day - Deep Sea Oddity on The Scientist
Bone-munching "zombie" worms are eating our whale fossils
Bone-munching "zombie" worms are eating our whale fossils After a dead whale falls to the bottom of the ocean, thousands of marine organisms will carve out a home in its carcass. Among these corpse squatters are the Osedax, a genus of marine worms that bores into whales' bones and feed on the delicious cetacean fats inside.
26 February 2015 | Plymouth University and Plymouth City Council launch green research manifesto bringing researchers, policy makers and practitioners together. https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/news/plymouth-university-and-plymouth-city-council-launch-research-manifesto-for-sustainable-future
15 July 2015 | Marine litter undermines benefits of coastal environments, according to a Plymouth University study. https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/news/marine-litter-undermines-benefits-of-coastal-environments
1 December 2015 | Researchers and students at Plymouth University will have the chance to use an advanced autonomous wave propelled surface vessel thanks to a new deal signed with a leading UK designer. https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/news/university-receives-unique-wave-propelled-autonaut-for-scientific-research-and-teaching
6 May 2015 | New species of diving beetle found living in isolation in Africa, discovered by Plymouth University scientists. https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/news/new-species-of-diving-beetle-living-in-isolation-in-africa