Hormone clue to snail shells' spiral

An enzyme that makes the male sex hormones has unravelled a fresh clue about how snail shells come to be curly. 

How the snail's shell got its coil

If you look at a snail's shell, the chances are it will coil to the right. But, occasionally, you might find an unlucky one that twists in the opposite direction—as fans of Jeremy thelefty snail will remember, these snails ...

Coastal organisms trapped in 99-million-year-old amber

Most amber inclusions are organisms that lived in the forest. It is very rare to find sea life trapped in amber. However, an international research group led by Prof. Wang Bo from the Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology ...

The path to success for fish sperm

In many animals, males pursue alternative tactics when competing for the fertilization of eggs. Some cichlid fishes from Lake Tanganyika breed in empty snail shells, which may select for extremely divergent mating tactics. ...

RIP Jeremy the lefty garden snail

A 'one in a million' mutant garden snail, who achieved international notoriety after a public appeal was launched to help find him a mate, has died.

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