Cute critter alert: watch a tardigrade go for a walk

A tardigrade goes for a walk on 50 kPa gel, sagittal view. It’s not every day you get to watch a tardigrade go for a stroll on its eight stubby legs. Luckily, new research has captured their walk on video – and it’s adorable. Known for their incredible toughness, these tiny creatures are able to … Continue reading Cute critter alert: watch a tardigrade go for a walk

Five eyes and quite a story to tell

The fossilised 520-million-year-old creature shown above had five eyes on stalks, but that’s only part of its attraction. Its body structure combines features from different groups of arthropods, researchers have discovered, providing new insights into the early evolutionary history of the most successful animals on Earth. Three-quarters of all modern animals are anthropods but understanding their … Continue reading Five eyes and quite a story to tell

Digging deep into jellyfish genomes

A hard look at soft jellyfish has revealed more than a few surprises. When biologists from Hong Kong, the US and Canada decoded the genomes of two species common in Asian waters, they identified genes that encode sesquiterpenoid hormones, previously thought only to be contained in arthropods. These hormones are important in regulating metamorphosis in … Continue reading Digging deep into jellyfish genomes