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A remarkable diversity of bone-eating worms

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The females of the recently discovered Osedax marine worms feast on submerged bones via a complex relationship with symbiotic bacteria, and they are turning out to be far more diverse and widespread than scientists expected. Californian researchers investigating the genetic history of Osedax worms have found that up to twelve further distinct evolutionary lineages exist beyond the five species already described.

The new findings about these beautiful sea creatures with unusual sexual and digestive habits are published in the online open access journal BMC Biology. Click "source" to view the abstract.
 
 

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