There’d be a lot more plesiosaurs in the fossil record, if it wasn’t for all the damn zombie worms. At least, that’s one interpretation of a new study which shows that Osedax, better known as the zombie worm, devoured the bones of marine reptiles 100 million years ago.
Some creatures are just too weird to not share with the world. Case in point: Osedax mucofloris, which just became my newest all-time favorite sea creature. Why? Osedax mucofloris literally translates to "bone-eating snot-flower," which, let's face it, is probably just about the best scientific name ever.