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Re: Bone-eating (was RE: T.rex was a "chicken")
and guarantees you a seat in the streetcar even during rush hour.... or
rather, guarantees you a streetcar of your own, as I was told by someone
who was unlucky enough to prepare a whale for Senckenberg! It STINKS!
David Marjanovic schrieb:
And since we're sliding down the animal scale, there is a genus of
deep-sea worm called _Osedax_ (also known as a 'zombie worm') that
specializes in boring into the bones of whale carcasses. As with
specialist bone-eating vertebrates, the aim is to get at the yummy
stuff inside the bone.
Which is pretty much the entire bone -- whale bones are extremely
spongy, and the holes in that sponge are all filled with fat.
Preparing a museum-quality skeleton is a nightmare that takes years,
Dr. Heinrich Mallison
Museum für Naturkunde - Leibniz-Institut für Evolutions- und
Biodiversitätsforschung an der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin