I‘m listening right now to fellow Davisites Rita Mehta and Peter Wainwright on local radio, chatting about their recent Nature paper on the raptorial pharyngeal jaws of moray eels. Or if you’d rather… the ‘Alien jaws‘.
X-ray of moray eel from Mehta and Wainwright 2007
It’s an awesome bit of research, and makes those creepy Little Mermaid villains that much creepier. It’s also an excellent primer on how to get the media to recognize your research:
- Step 1. Make an awesome discovery.
- Step 2. Relate your discovery to a popular Sci-Fi movie.
- Step 3. Sit back and wait for the phones to ring.
I’ll bet Aaron Rundus wishes he had titled his recent PNAS paper “Ground squirrels use an infrared signal to outwit Predator, and also, maybe, rattlesnakes.”
um…Go Aggies ?
Much more on the alien eels over at the Loom and pretty much everywhere else.