A new microbe called a hemimastigote was found in Nova Scotia. The Hemimastix kukwesjijk is not a plant, animal, fungus, or protozoa β€” it constitutes an entirely new kingdom. quantamagazine.org/what-a…
Today I learned about Hemimastix kukwesjijk which is not a plant, animal, fungus, or protozoa. It constitutes an entirely new Kingdom, a new branch on the tree of life. scientificamerican.com/ar…
Many parasites change the behavior of their intermediate hosts so that they can can move to a higher host. For ex. a protozoa makes rodents careless around cats, increasing their risk of predation and the parasite's chance of infecting a cat, its definitive host. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beh…
The protozoa Oxytricha trifallax has 16,000 chromosomes (humans have 46) and has "sex without reproduction". Each cell swaps half its genome with the other rather than producing offspring. wired.com/2014/09/oxytric…
The world's soil contains almost 1/3 of all living organisms but only about 1% of its micro-organisms have been identified. A teaspoon of soil may have billions of microbes divided among 5,000 different types, thousands of species of fungi and protozoa, nematodes, mites and a couple of termites. nytimes.com/2013/05/12/op…
Schizophrenia is suspected to be linked to Toxoplasma gondii infection, a protozoa commonly transmitted to humans from cats and lamb meat. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
There are giant single celled protozoa, called Xenophyophore, found in the deep oceans that get up to 20 cm in diameter. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xen…
Newly hatched termites eat from the anal opening of an older termite to get protozoa that is essential to their digestion of cellulose colonialpest.com/blog/wha…
The idea of directed panspermia, which suggests Earth was seeded by Aliens, was suggested by Nobel Prize winner Francis Crick, a molecular biologist, who was also the co-discoverer of the structure of DNA in 1953. huffingtonpost.com/2015/0…

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