Friday (-1) Deep-Sea Picture (05/11/07) X-Ray Shells

Each of these gastropods are from the deep sea in the North Atlantic near 1500m. Each is is a few mm in height.



Dr. M (1714 Posts)

Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, created to facilitate research to address fundamental questions in evolutionary science. He has conducted deep-sea research for 11 years and published over 40 papers in the area. He has participated in dozens of expeditions taking him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses mainly on marine systems and particularly the biology of body size, biodiversity, and energy flow. He focuses often on deep-sea systems as a natural test of the consequences of energy limitation on biological systems. He is the author and chief editor of Deep-Sea News, a popular deep-sea themed blog, rated the number one ocean blog on the web and winner of numerous awards. Craig’s popular writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.

3 comments on “Friday (-1) Deep-Sea Picture (05/11/07) X-Ray Shells
  1. Wow craig, these are really cool! So ghostly and artistic. Can’t be nature when it comes to beauty and symmetry.

    Who did these x-rays?

  2. I did the x-rays in the Zoology Dept. at Harvard. It was part of the project to characterize the diversity of deep-sea gastropods. See McClain et al. 2004 and McClain 2005 both in Evolution

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