The survival of the laziest is true, researchers say in a new study. It turns out, mollusks that expended the least energy in their daily lives were able to avoid extinction better than their energetic counterparts.
Chitons, a type of marine mollusk, have a multitude of eyes in their hard, horned shells. Basically, they're seeing as well as protecting themselves with a tough exterior. If they see predators, they can latch tight to the surface below them. Researchers think this could help in certain materials designs.
The limpet mollusk discovered to have teeth stronger than most other materials. Southeast Asia's heritage towers of karst limestone were formed from ancient corals and snails. A new book talks about other mollusk wonders.
While the Gulf of Mexico's oyster industry was hard-hit by Katrina and Deepwater Horizon, oyster restoration projects are busy around the country. How can you contribute? Bring in oyster shells, or let kids help raise young oysters in schools.
The new snail species, P. cecepeus, has an elongated shell, is a chestnut color, and has reddish-brown streaks. It was gathered in a late-19th century South America expedition.
The highly invasive New Guinea flatworm, which spreads quickly and upsets the food chain, has been sighted in Florida.
The great Chicxulub impact is known for supposedly killing all of the dinosaurs on Earth, but new research suggests that this famous asteroid also wiped out unseen mollusks, making scientists question the role played by ocean acidification.
The brilliant blue stripe of one mollusk, the blue-rayed limpet, may not only protect this tiny marine organism from outside predators, but could also inspire responsive, transparent displays, according to new research.
About 13 million years ago in what is now northeastern Peru, ancient shell-crunching crocodiles ruled the Amazon, according to new research.
It's no secret that ocean acidification is wreaking havoc on the corals, sea stars, sharks and others that live beneath the waves. But now new research shows that this phenomenon is hitting closer to home and threatening US coastal communities, too.