How Jeremy the lonely snail showed that two lefts make a right

Rare left-coiled shells in garden snails turn out to be a developmental accident not an inherited trait.

Angus Davison, Associate Professor and Reader in Evolutionary Genetics, University of Nottingham • conversation
June 3, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: citizen-science snails left-handedness

Warming seas threaten mid-Atlantic sea snails

Climate change could threaten the survival of the common whelk, a sea snail with the misfortune of living in one of Earth's fastest warming marine areas.

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
March 11, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: climate-change fisheries fishing oceans snails earth-and-environment


Eating oysters in ‘R months’ rule is 4,000 years old

The rule of thumb about eating oysters in certain months of the year goes back at least 4,000 years, a new study shows.

Natalie van Hoose-Florida • futurity
Nov. 25, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: history fossils shellfish snails science-and-technology oysters

Drones keep an eye on tropical disease hotspots

To track schistosomiasis, researchers used to count snails—home to the worms that cause the disease. Drones might offer a better way.

Michelle Ma-Washington • futurity
Oct. 31, 2019 ~8 min

Tags: water infections snails parasites featured health-and-medicine schistosomiasis

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