Boneworms dined on ancient sea serpents

April 15, 2015 1:07 PM

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Boneworms dined on ancient sea serpents

Bone-eating worms that can devour an entire whale carcass were also feasting on prehistoric reptiles more than 100 million years ago, a new study finds.

No one knows when the first Osedax worms started scavenging sunken carcasses on the ocean floor. The bizarre, finger-length worms are soft-bodied and leave no fossils behind, so their origin is lost to time. But traces of the creatures' strange dining habits can be detected on ancient fossils.

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