The Deep History of the Sea’s Bone-Eating Worms

Bones are symbols of death. That makes sense. Before X-rays and CT scans allowed us to look inside ourselves, we'd only see our skeletons after death and decay had stripped everything else away. Not to mention that poison labels, the Jolly Roger, and visages of the Grim Reaper have all reminded us of our eventual fate. But while these associations aren't wrong, they suffer from being one dimensional. Bone isn't just about death. For some creatures, bone is a giver of life.

On the surface, the phrase "bone-burrowing worm" sounds like something David Cronenberg thought up. Perhaps, had they been discovered sooner, the body horror ...

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