Monday, January 9, 2012

Planktonic protists

The word "plankton" shares a Greek root with "planet" (πλαγκτός, meaning drifting or wandering)-- an etymological link which seems particularly appropriate for these drifting microbes, spherical or stellate in form: 

This beautiful clip is one of a series called Plankton Chronicles, found via The Book of Barely Imagined Beings.

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