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New species of worm discovered in Mono Lake

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Caltech scientists have discovered a new species of worm thriving in the extreme environment of Mono Lake. This new species, temporarily dubbed Auanema sp., has three different sexes, can survive 500 times the lethal human dose of arsenic, and carries its young inside its body like a kangaroo.

Mono Lake, located in the Eastern Sierras of California, is three times as salty as the ocean and has an alkaline pH of 10. Before this study, only two other species (other than bacteria and algae) were known to live in the lake -- brine shrimp and diving flies. In this new work, the team discovered eight more species, all belonging to a class of microscopic worms called nematodes, thriving in and around Mono Lake.

https://phys.org/news/2019-09-otherworldly-worms-sexes-mono-lake.html

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/09/190926141715.htm

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zygote_myles

Bummer. I'm all for biodiversity and finding cures for ailments, etc., but this poor little worm should've stayed hidden before man came along to experiment on him. There's nothing 'otherworldly' about them - it's a worm. If the aliens ever come down and start doing the same to us, they'll say, "Silence earthling!! You had your chance! We're only doing to you what you people have been doing to the animal kingdom since day one!!" ZAP!! :alien: :alien: :alien: 

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It's Just An Opinion

Plot twist: life was seeded here by aliens *inception horns*

Or perhaps an ancient humanity that escaped extinction somewhere and landed here a long time ago.

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josellama2000

Did nobody pay attention to the 3 sexes? When did hermaphroditism become a sex type?

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HSlim

Just saying..... isn't saying

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godnodog

i´d be happy with just having sex...oh wait...nevermind...where´s the delete text button....nooooooo

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