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Time-lapse video: deep-sea sponges 'sneeze' to dispose of waste

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Sea sponges, among the oldest creatures in existence, let out what looks like a deep sea "sneeze" to filter out waste, researchers found in a new study.

Using time-lapse video, researchers captured the behavior, which could help them better understand how sponges evolved.

"Our data suggest that sneezing is an adaptation that sponges evolved to keep themselves clean," Jasper de Goeij, a marine biologist at the University of Amsterdam and author of the new paper, said in a press release.




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