Thursday, March 17, 2005

Idaho Fairy Shrimp Discovery

There ARE new things under the sun, at least in southwestern Idaho. Idaho National Guard biologists announced Tuesday that they had discovered a new and particularly large species of predatory fairy shrimp. [See what you find when you go looking for weapons of mass destruction?]

Several news articles describing the shrimp mention the ability of the cyst-like eggs of the species to survive unhatched for years in "the baking heat of summer and the frozen tundra of winter". Last time I grew up there, there were no, figuratively speaking, frozen tundras in Idaho.

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