Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Little Dudes: Turritopsis nutricula, the "immortal" jellyfish

According to a ZME Science article, this handsome little fellow has a bizarre life-cycle wherein it reverts to an immature, colonial stage after reaching sexual maturity, then mature adults can reform from that colony. The intarweb loves this idea because it looks like immortality. However, from what I can see (and this is with a quick scan of the resources) the individuals may, in fact, die but the colony from which they spring doesn't. Hey it's close enough in my book.

All hail the immortal Hydrozoan!

Enjoy chances for science articles to spawn glamorous-sounding and overstated headlines,


[tip via Erin, photo credit in linked article]

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