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Xylem plant cells, SEM Credit: DR DAVID FURNESS, KEELE UNIVERSITY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Xylem plant cells, SEM Credit: DR DAVID FURNESS, KEELE UNIVERSITY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

FOR THE AGES Single-celled foraminifera helped to create the materials used in some of the world’s great monuments, and are also very valuable in telling Earth’s history because they produce shells that make good fossils.

‘Nature’s Masons’ Do Double Duty as Earth’s Storytellers

FOR THE AGES Single-celled foraminifera helped to create the materials used in some of the world’s great monuments, and are also very valuable in telling Earth’s history because they produce shells that make good fossils.

The delicate beauty of a radiolarian skeleton is captured in this scanning electron microscope (SEM) image. Radiolarians are microscopic, single-celled protozoa that drift in the waters of the world's oceans. Photo: Kurt Buck  © 2001 MBARI

The delicate beauty of a radiolarian skeleton is captured in this scanning electron microscope (SEM) image. Radiolarians are microscopic, single-celled protozoa that drift in the waters of the world's oceans. Photo: Kurt Buck © 2001 MBARI

Skeptic Wonder: Sunday Protist - Ciliate-in-a-basket: Dictyocysta, a tintinnid ciliate

Skeptic Wonder: Sunday Protist - Ciliate-in-a-basket: Dictyocysta, a tintinnid ciliate

In continuing celebration of spring, I’m returning to the microscopic world to appreciate the beauty of pollen grains.  Ancient shamans intuited the generative nature of pollen and used it for cere…

Pollen!

In continuing celebration of spring, I’m returning to the microscopic world to appreciate the beauty of pollen grains. Ancient shamans intuited the generative nature of pollen and used it for cere…

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