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Deep-sea spiral fantasies

Pictures of strange, gelatinous deep-sea worms have intrigued zoologists, as they hinted at the solution to an evolutionary puzzle. But does the first specimen to be obtained in good condition back the theories up?

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Figure 1: Worm turns — the first photograph, taken in 1962, of an abyssal enteropneust worm lying on the sea bed near the eastern wall of the Kermadec Trench in the southwestern Pacific.



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Gage, J. Deep-sea spiral fantasies. Nature 434, 283–284 (2005).

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