Bone-Eating 'Zombie' Worms Devoured Prehistoric Marine Reptiles

April 16, 2015 12:01 PM

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A strange, gruesome species of bone-eating worm that was thought to have evolved at the same time as whales has now been dated back to prehistoric times. It turns out that these worms feasted on the carcasses of giant marine reptiles.

Popularly called the "zombie worm" in media, Osedax originated at least 100 million years ago. It consumed the bones of prehistoric reptiles such as plesiosaurs and sea turtles.

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