Once-abundant sea stars imperiled by disease along West Coast

The combination of ocean warming and an infectious wasting disease has devastated populations of large sunflower sea stars once abundant along the West Coast of North America in just a few years, according to research co-led ...

How sea stars get their symmetry

In a paper published Nov. 4 in the journal Current Biology, Zak Swartz, a postdoctoral researcher at Whitehead Institute, along with researchers in the lab of Whitehead Institute Member Iain Cheeseman and collaborators at ...

Huge Jurassic seabed uncovered in Cotswolds quarry

One of the largest and most important finds of exquisitely preserved Jurassic echinoderms—spiny-skinned marine animals such as starfish and sea urchins—has been uncovered by a University of Birmingham Research Associate.

California's crashing kelp forest

First the sea stars wasted to nothing. Then the purple urchins took over, eating and eating until the bull kelp forests were gone. The red abalone starved. Their fishery closed. Red sea urchins starved. Their fishery collapsed. ...

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