Tuesday, May 12, 2015


New Glowing Millipede Found; Shows How Bioluminescence Evolved 
In California's Sierra Nevada Mountains live a group of blind millipedes that glow in the dark—and now scientists have cracked the mystery of how their brightness evolved, a new study says.

Unlike fireflies, whose gleam emanates from a specialized organ on its abdomen, millipedes in the Motyxia genus give off a teal hue. These invertebrates have a special type of protein that allows them to produce light from beneath the tough cuticle that covers their bodies.

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