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These Sea Anemones Grow Limbs When They Eat

These Sea Anemones Grow Limbs When They Eat

To many humans, the popular proverb “you are what you eat” is a reminder of the benefits of healthy eating. For some sea anemones, however, it’s actually quite literal.When starlet sea anemones eat more food, they sprout extra arms, according to a study published last week in . They are the first known species to grow entirely new limbs in response to consumption of food.Cnidarians—a of animals that includes sea anemones, jellyfish and corals—are highly adaptable. They diverged from other animals more than half a billion years ago. Unlike most animals, whose physical structures are...

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