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Spring gala scheduled at Northern History Center - Mariposa Gazette


Mariposa Gazette
The Northern Mariposa County History Center in Coulterville is closed for its annual January display refurbishing. Several new displays are in the works. One of them will feature the flora and fauna of the region as seen though the eyes of local ...

Hacking Cell Biology to Reinvent Clothes - Pacific Standard


Pacific Standard
But those natural, biodegradable fibers have a downside too: derived from farmed plants and animals, they take a significant toll on the planet. So what if scientists could hack the biology within cells, and use them to make fibers? Think of the ...

Four-year-old children's knowledge about ecology: In their play ... - Science Daily


Science Daily
What do young children from diverse cultural communities think about the natural world? How does a child's existing knowledge and beliefs influence their subsequent learning? Questions like these have remained unanswered, largely because research in ...

Natural History Collections: Echinodermata

Edinburgh - United Kingdom

A marine phylum of 6000 species, this is the only group of animals to exhibit radial symmetry as adults. The name Echinodermata, i.e. animals with spiny skin, derives from the spines and tubercles, which project from calcareous ossicles embedded in the skin. The ossicles form a characteristic internal skeleton. Their spines and toxic substances in their body walls are used to deter their many predators.

The phylum comprises four very distinct classes of organisms: starfishes, basket stars and brittle stars; sea urchins; sea cucumbers; sea lilies and feather stars. Although very diverse in body form, all echinoderms possess the typical pentaradial symmetry of the phylum and their limbs and organs generally exist in multiples of five. As adults, echinoderms usually lack an anterior head region.

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