A molecule in 640-million-year-old rocks, well before the Cambrian Explosion, comes from a simple sea sponge, according to new research from MIT.
Sir Elton John has just been honored with a namesake crustacean that, in true rock star fashion, has already gotten into trouble.
This year certainly held its own when it came to the describing of deeply odd animals. From a cavefish with its anus directly behind its head, to a marsupial whose males mate furiously until they die of stress, 2014 had something for everyone.
Celebrate World Oceans day with this colorful array of undersea critters in these pictures.
Four new species of flesh-eating sponges have been discovered near the bottom of the Pacific Ocean.
Sponges led to more oxygen in oceans, setting the stage for complex forms of life that included our distant ancestors, according to a new study. Continue reading →
XStat is a lightweight, plastic syringe that injects sponges to treat battlefield wounds quicker and more efficiently than gauze. Continue reading →