An amputee flatworm grew two heads after spending five weeks aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Scientists are observing how microgravity affects cell regeneration in worms.
Strange green flatworms, also known as "mint-sauce worms," collect together in shallow waters along much of Europe's Atlantic coast, forming what researchers call a "superorganism." It is believed that this social behavior helps protect the animals and aids in their photosynthetic feeding.
Fossils of kinorhynch worms, also known as mud dragons, dating back more than 530 million years were recently unearthed in South China. Researchers say these ancient, microscopic worms fill in a huge evolutionary gap.
Stanford researchers recently discovered that mealworms happily munch on and then convert Styrofoam waste into a usable soil, with no associated health risks. The study has the potential to help reduce the significant amounts of plastic that are annually discarded.
Graduate students from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California-San Diego discovered a methane seep about 30 miles off the coast. This site is home to many unique, adaptable species, and is the first found in the region.
Biodiversity of areas throughout the Tibetan Plateau were found to depend heavily on the underlying soils. This leads researchers to believe that biodiversity is just as important underground as it is above ground.
Worms' behaviors and postures were studied by scientists at the MRC’s Clinical Sciences Centre at Imperial College London in order to better understand its genes and brain activity. With further research, this method of study could be applied to humans.
A new worm species, called Parougia diapason, was discovered in whale bones on Antarctica's Deception Island, showing scientists just how many unknown species are still out there.
This is bound to make any male cringe. Experts recently determined that the ancient 'penis worm,' Ottoia¬¬ - a phallus-like creature more than 500 million years old - boasted a throat lined with deadly razor and serrated teeth. In fact, these teeth were so varied and numerous that researchers crafted a "dentists' handbook" to help them identify new species in the genus.
A bizarre species of bone-eating worms that dates back to prehistoric times had a unique appetite, new research shows, as it fed on the carcasses of ancient giant marine reptiles.
While it took some time and the sacrifice of a great many animals, humanity has become much better acquainted with the dangers of space and how to better keep explorers safe. However, there are still risks to long-term living in space that cannot be avoided, and it may be that roundworms will come to our astronauts' rescue.
Researchers have revealed a bizarre evolutionary twist to deep-sea "bone-eating" worms, an already unusual species, a new study says.
It turns out that creepy crawlers such as earthworms and beetles are crucial to the structure of grasslands, proving that things underground are just as important as those aboveground.