RESOURCES: Life in the Colonies

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Science  18 Mar 2005:
Vol. 307, Issue 5716, pp. 1701
DOI: 10.1126/science.307.5716.1701b

Known as the “moss animals,” bryozoans are tough to categorize. Some of the colony-forming creatures resemble fronds or shaggy shrubs, whereas others, such as the Australian species Triphyllozoon munitum, could pass for corals. Find out more at the site Recent and Fossil Bryozoa, hosted by paleontologist Philip Bock of Deakin University in Burwood, Australia. Fossil bryozoan skeletons can form whole limestone layers, and some modern species have become pests because they stick to ships' hulls or clog intake pipes. Visitors can brush up on bryozoan taxonomy or browse full-text versions of more than 30 classic publications. The site also offers the notebooks of bryozoologist extraordinaire Sidney Harmer (1862–1950), former head of natural history at the British Museum.

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