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Death of the Stars

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Science  02 May 2014:
Vol. 344, Issue 6183, pp. 464-467
DOI: 10.1126/science.344.6183.464
Ghost.

Some sea stars leave only ossicles and bacteria behind (top), while researchers find others while they are still sick, such as this sunflower star (bottom) collected in Washington state.

CREDITS (TOP TO BOTTOM): NEIL MCDANIEL; ERIK STOKSTAD