Category Archive: Worms

Sep 17

The Worm Within Us: Tapeworm

The majority of us don’t find nature disagreeable. The common consensus is that it is perfectly acceptable, even beautiful… in its right place. But its right place, we feel, is rarely in our homes, and almost never inside our bodies. The human body is, in fact, a seething mass of other creatures, from microscopic bacteria …

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Apr 12

Bizarre Animal of the Week: Green Spoon Worm

‘Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus’. It’s a well-known saying that highlights just how different men and women really are. And it’s the same throughout the natural world: males often look and behave very differently to females because of the separate roles they play. It’s a topic we’ve covered before on this blog …

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Feb 03

Invasion of the Body Snatchers: Bird Fluke

The humble garden snail has a nemesis. No, it’s not a bird, or a clumsy gardener, or even the French. It’s not even something that the snail can see (assuming, of course, that they actually had decent vision) because this threat lives inside its body. It’s called a trematode, or bird fluke, and it’s a …

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Jan 18

Animal Record Holder: Most Heat Resistant Animal

If we want to be precise, the animal that can withstand the highest temperatures is that tiny, near-indestructible creature called the tardigrade, which I covered a few weeks ago here.  It can survive at temperatures as high as 150°C, which makes it the ultimate winner. But that’s hardly fair – it’s already got several ‘extreme’ records …

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Jan 16

Life Without the Sun: Giant Tube Worm

That all life on the planet can only exist thanks to energy given off by the sun was for a long time taken as a given. After all, plants – thought to the basis of all known food chains until relatively recently – can only grow and make food thanks to the light and heat …

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