Here you will find intriguing extras our producers weren't able to fit into the Dinoflagellates podcast:
Remember our mystery animal from our last podcast? Did you guess it was a dinoflagellate? View our image gallery to see what our listeners drew based on our students’ descriptions.
Pictures courtesey of La Salle Academy in Providence, Rhode Island, USA and the Eliot K-8 School in Boston, Massachusetts, USA
About the Higher Mammals Music Troupe
Higher Mammals is the music troupe featured on our Dinoflagellates podcast. Their specialty is in the music of science often times manifested as a science musical. Masters of Stercus-taurology they use their opposable thumbs and large neo-cortexes to sing about everything from crustaceans to bio-engineers. The troupe is lead by musical director and composer, Shane Winter, who is also an accomplished biped. More about higher mammals can be found at
highermammals.com . Their latest music video on Stochasticity (or randomness) can be found here. Cool facts:
View dozens of dinoflagellate images on the
main dinoflagellate page at the Encyclopedia of Life.
Scientists have sequenced the genome of
, the dinoflagellate responsible for red tides and illness in humans. Alexandrium tamarense Links:
Bioluminescence web page at the University of California, Santa Barbara, has instructions for growing your own glowing dinoflagellates at home. Once your colony is thriving, the site has some simple experiments you can do. Or just shake the jar and enjoy your living night light.
Maria Faust of the National Museum of Natural History has been
imaging dinoflagellates with a scanning electron miscroscope. The text here may be a little technical, but we think the jaw-dropping images are worth a look.
Dinoflagellates don’t fossilize well, but their resting form, called a cyst, does. These microfossils show up in the fossil record way back in the Silurian—400 million years ago, way before the dinosaurs. You can view a gallery of fossil dinoflagellates at
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