News tagged with snails

Untangling the tree of life

These days, phylogeneticists – experts who painstakingly map the complex branches of the tree of life – suffer from an embarrassment of riches. The genomics revolution has given them mountains of DNA ...

May 15, 2013
4.7 / 5 (3) 0 | with audio podcast

Cone snails are for life and not just at Christmas

Those who fly to tropical shores this Christmas in search of sea and sun may be unaware that an exotic shell picked from the beach could potentially bring relief to many thousands of people suffering life-threatening ...

Dec 23, 2013
3.4 / 5 (7) 0 | with audio podcast

Snails have a thing for sexy stems

In the marshlands of the southeast United States, the periwinkle snail is among the most abundant grazing species. "You can look out at high tide and see them everywhere, climbing up on the grasses," said ...

Aug 15, 2013
4 / 5 (1) 0 | with audio podcast