Friday, March 03, 2006

Awesome micrographs

Veliger larva of the gastropod, Fusitriton oregonensis by Louise Page Posterior of juvenile kinorhynch, Pycnophyes kielensis by Andreas Schnidt-Rhaesa

Copulatory organs of the acoel, Haplocelis dichona by Matthew Hooge
All images & captions from here
These remarkable images are produced by Confocal Laser Scanning Microscopy and show what amazing detail modern technology can reveal.
The images were presented at a conference called 'The New Microscopy: Novel Characters and the Importance of Morphology in Phylogenetic Analysis'. Several papers from this conference are now avilable from the journal Integrative and Comparative Biology which seems to be open access. Lots of interesting stuff has appeared in that journal, the archives are well worth a browse.
Here are the relavent papers:

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