comb jelly http://ripr.org en Local Comb Jelly Is Our Closest Ancient Relative http://ripr.org/post/local-comb-jelly-our-closest-ancient-relative <p>Scientists long thought that sponges were our most distant animal relative. But a recent study presents evidence that the comb jelly is our closest ancient relative.</p><p>If you’ve sailed Narragansett waters, then there’s a good chance you’ve gotten a glimpse of these shapeless blobs. They reflect rainbow-like iridescent colors in the water.</p><p>This gelatinous animal is covered in cilia, the little hair-like structures that also coat our lungs and intestines; the comb jelly uses it to swim and propel itself through the water.</p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 21:43:25 +0000 Ambar Espinoza 27280 at http://ripr.org Local Comb Jelly Is Our Closest Ancient Relative