Postcard from crazyland

Contrary to all appearances, this is completely real. O.O

Temereva_Tsitrin2013_3b

What you are looking at is the fluorescently stained muscles of a phoronid larva. (Phoronids are one of the zillion variations on “tentacled filter feeder sitting in a tube” nature has come up with. They are related to lamp shells.) I couldn’t care less about larval muscles – not even sure why I opened the paper – but that looks friggin’ awesome. And a bit psychedelic.

(Source: Temereva & Tsitrin (2013), BMC Developmental Biology 13:14)

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