Study offers clues about how conodonts used earliest vertebrate teeth
Fossil of giant ancient sea predator discovered (w/ video)
Paleontologists have discovered that a group of remarkable ancient sea creatures existed for much longer and grew to much larger sizes than previously thought, thanks to extraordinarily well-preserved fossils ...
Eddies found to be deep, powerful modes of ocean transport
(PhysOrg.com) -- Researchers from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and their colleagues have discovered that massive, swirling ocean eddies -- known to be up to 500 kilometers across at the surface ...
Mass sea star deaths off US west coast puzzle scientists
Starfish have been mysteriously dying by the millions in recent months along the US west coast, worrying biologists who say the sea creatures are key to the marine ecosystem.
Actor Johnny Depp immortalized in ancient fossil find
A scientist has discovered an ancient extinct creature with 'scissor hand-like' claws in fossil records and has named it in honour of his favourite movie star.
Secrets of the 'mermaid's purse' explored in new study
Researchers at SF State have clarified part of the family tree of sea creatures called skates, shedding light on the evolution of a novel reproductive strategy in two skate species. Their study was published ...
Whales feel the (sun)burn
Whales have been shown to increase the pigment in their skin in response to sunshine, just as we get a tan.
Ancient fossilized sea creatures yield oldest biomolecules isolated directly from a fossil
(Phys.org)—Though scientists have long believed that complex organic molecules couldn't survive fossilization, some 350-million-year-old remains of aquatic sea creatures uncovered in Ohio, Indiana, and ...
Movement of marine life follows speed and direction of climate change
Scientists expect climate change and warmer oceans to push the fish that people rely on for food and income into new territory. Predictions of where and when species will relocate, however, are based on broad ...
Ancient, bottom-dwelling critter proves: Newer isn't always better
Tiny sea creatures called rhabdopleurids reside on the ocean floor, building homes of collagen on the shells of dead clams. Rhabdopleurid colonies are small, and the critters are by no means the dominant ...
Shimmering water reveals cold volcanic vent in Antarctic waters
The location of an underwater volcanic vent, marked by a low-lying plume of shimmering water, has been revealed by scientists at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton.
CT scan and 3-D print help scientists reconstruct an ancient mollusk (w/ Video)
(Phys.org)—Using a combination of traditional and innovative model-building techniques, scientists in the U.S. and a specialist in Denmark have created a lifelike reconstruction of an ancient mollusk, offering ...
Mussels inspire innovative new adhesive for surgery
(Phys.org)—Mussels can be a mouthwatering meal, but the chemistry that lets mussels stick to underwater surfaces may also provide a highly adhesive wound closure and more effective healing from surgery.
Scientists sequence genome of human's closest invertebrate relative
(Phys.org) —Botryllus schlosseri, a small sea creature, can regenerate its entire body from its blood vessels alone. Stanford researchers hope that sequencing its genome will lead to advances in regenerative ...