Echinoderms & Those That Love Them Need to Hang It Up

Snail over at A Snail’s Eye View, one of the best blogs on the triple -W, casts a firm vote for the Mollusks. Snail reminds also reminds us that Google delineates a clear winner. Arthropods also suck. And just in case Peter and Kevin get a little confused and start thinking about corals. For a recap of everyone’s stance…

Snail’s Eye View
DSN 1, 2 , 3, & 4.

DSN (thanks to that traitor Kevin)
Not Exactly Rocket Science To Figure Out Mollusks Are Better

Dr Joan Bushwell’s Refuge For Invertebrates That Suck
The Intersucktion
A Blog Around Something Or Other

Dr. M (1729 Posts)

Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, a National Science Foundation supported initiative. He has conducted deep-sea research for 20 years and published over 50 papers in the area. He has participated in and led dozens of oceanographic expeditions taken him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses on how energy drives the biology of marine invertebrates from individuals to ecosystems, specifically, seeking to uncover how organisms are adapted to different levels of carbon availability, i.e. food, and how this determines the kinds and number of species in different parts of the oceans. Craig’s research has been featured on National Public Radio, Discovery Channel, Fox News, National Geographic and ABC News. In addition to his scientific research, Craig also advocates the need for scientists to connect with the public and is the founder and chief editor of the acclaimed Deep-Sea News (, a popular ocean-themed blog that has won numerous awards. His writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web. His forthcoming book, Science of the South (, connects cultural icons of South such as pecan pie with the science behind them.

12 comments on “Echinoderms & Those That Love Them Need to Hang It Up
  1. And DSN bounces off the ropes, grabs Bushwell’s and chomps hard! But he’s ambushed! Ambushed! Rocket Science trips DSN, and Bushwell rolls on top, grabs the hair, and bounces his chin off the floor!

    There goes bell.

    Stay tuned for the next round of Invertebrate wresting.

  2. It’s probably fair to say that Sheril is the best thing that holothurians have going for them at this point… :)

  3. Maybe this is simply an indication that those who study echinoderms have better things to do (like real research) than waste their time blogging or discussing the wonders of echinoderms online.

  4. No, Its just a vindication of their inferiority. If they thought so highly of their study organisms, they would be spreading their love for and knowledge of their spiny-skinned objects of affection.

    And who is wasting time by reading blogs? ahem…

  5. Well, I’m not studying echinoderms currently and unfortunately. I’m studying the effects of estrogen on guinea pig and mouse brains; therefore, I have lots of time on my hands for distractions of the marine kind.

  6. So, if we were going with tunicates here, could we use their Phylum? ’cause if we can, I somehow get the feeling they might trounce y’all. TUNICATA 4EVAH!

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