Roundworm Named After Physicist Max Planck
by Megan Gannon
The decorated theoretical physicist Max Planck is getting another posthumous accolade: his own nematode, which can change the shape of its mouth depending on the form of its nourishment.
The hitchhiking worm, Pristionchus maxplancki, is the first species to bear the name of the German scientist, a pioneer of quantum theory who died in 1947.
The new species measures just a millimeter long and was found piggy-backing on a stag beetle collected from an oak forest in Fukushima province, Japan. It was discovered by a group of researchers studying the self-fertilizing hermaphrodites Pristionchus pacificus at a lab in the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology…
(read more: Live Science)
image by Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology