comb jelly


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Recent Examples on the Web Native to the Atlantic coasts of North and South America, warty comb jellies reached the Black Sea, Aegean Sea and Caspian Sea during the 1980s. Sarah Lazarus, CNN, "Can tech save the kakapo, New Zealand's 'gorgeous, hilarious' parrot?," 26 Dec. 2019 The humble comb jelly has no brain, stomach or bones. Sarah Lazarus, CNN, "Can tech save the kakapo, New Zealand's 'gorgeous, hilarious' parrot?," 26 Dec. 2019 If so, does that mean the comb jelly nervous system evolved independently from the ones seen in jellyfish and humans? Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "Spectacular new fossil bonanza captures explosion of early life," 21 Mar. 2019 For a long time comb jellies were thought to be closely related to jellyfish. Quanta Magazine, "Did Neurons Evolve Twice?," 25 Mar. 2015 Across 22 species of bioluminescent comb jellies, the scientists found a group of genes that fit their criteria. Quanta Magazine, "In the Deep, Clues to How Life Makes Light," 1 Dec. 2016 During past expeditions, comb jellies had adorned practically every surface in Batangas Bay’s mesophotic zone. Ben Goldfarb, Smithsonian, "Illuminating the Ocean’s Teeming Twilight Zone, Before It Disappears," 14 Apr. 2018 Some species like the Leidys comb jelly have photophores inside the bell, or main body, Burgess says. National Geographic, "Living Fireworks, These Animals Produce Light Shows with Their Bodies," 30 June 2018 This analysis consistently put comb jellies, not sponges, at the bottom of the tree. Erin Blakemore, Smithsonian, "Scientists Think Comb Jellies May Have Come Before All Other Animals," 11 Apr. 2017

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circa 1889, in the meaning defined above

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“Comb jelly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Mar. 2020.

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