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Worms go through a prolonged phase with little more than a head

Schizocardium californicum as a larva
Paul Gonzalez and Chris Patton
Dec 8 2016

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Most animals we study have adult-like bodies early in their development. However, researchers in Chris Lowe's lab at Hopkins Marine Station have found that certain marine worms live for months as little more than a head. This work, published in the December 8, 2016 issue of Current Biology, suggests that many animals in the ocean likely share this trunk-less stage, and it may even shed light on the biological development of early animals.  Graduate student Paul Gonzalez is the lead author of the study.