marine life

Central Standard
9:04 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Tiny Glow In The Dark Crustaceans Gain Notoriety For KU Biologist

The tiny ostracod is almost eaten by the much larger fish, but the cardinal fish spits the ostracod out once the ostracod begins to emit light. Exactly why this causes the cardinal fish to spit the ostracods isn't known, but there are theories.
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They've been called fish fireworks, and their glowing displays are like nighttime light shows on the water. Ostracods are a very old species of crustacean with a trait called bioluminescence. That's a fancy way of saying they light up, like fireflies. But unlike fireflies, ostracods have extracellular bioluminescence. They shoot light out of their bodies and into the water. The behavior is part mating ritual, part defense mechanism.

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Central Standard
7:25 am
Fri June 1, 2012

Bobbing Continents Believed To Cause Changes In Biodiversity

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According to a KU professor, we have evidence that periodic changes in marine biodiversity are tied to uplifting continents.

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