True Facts Animal Awards: Tangle Worms, Creepiest Dave & Much More

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Dr Patty Brennan,Mount Holyoke College
Dr Harry Tuazon, Georgia Institute of Technology
Dr Saad Bhamla, Georgia Institute of Technology

Dr Vishal Patil, Stanford University

Dr Jörn Dunkel, MIT
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Overberg Renosterveld Conservation Trust

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Brennan PLR, Cowart JR, Orbach DN. Evidence of a functional clitoris in dolphins. Curr Biol. 2022 Jan 10;32(1):R24-R26. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2021.11.020.

Bura, Veronica & Kawahara, Akito & Yack, Jayne. (2016). A Comparative Analysis of Sonic Defences in Bombycoidea Caterpillars. Scientific Reports. 6. 31469. 10.1038/srep31469. 

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Kawase H, Kitajima Y, Iwai D. 3D model of the geometric nest structure, the "mystery circle," constructed by pufferfish. Sci Data. 2022 Jul 4;9(1):368. doi: 10.1038/s41597-022-01466-4. 

Kawase, Hiroshi & Okata, Yoji & Ito, Kimiaki & Ida, Akihiko. (2014). Spawning behavior and paternal egg care in a circular structure constructed by pufferfish, Torquigener albomaculosus (Pisces: Tetraodontidae). Bulletin of Marine Science. 91. 33-43. 10.5343/bms.2014.1055. 

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Kawase, H., Okata, Y. & Ito, K. Role of Huge Geometric Circular Structures in the Reproduction of a Marine Pufferfish. Sci Rep 3, 2106 (2013).

Mizuuchi R, Kawase H, Shin H, Iwai D, Kondo S. Simple rules for construction of a geometric nest structure by pufferfish. Sci Rep. 2018 Aug 17;8(1):12366. doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-30857-0. 

Ozkan-Aydin Y, Goldman DI, Bhamla MS. Collective dynamics in entangled worm and robot blobs. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2021 Feb 9;118(6):e2010542118. doi: 10.1073/pnas.2010542118. Erratum in: Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2021 Apr 20;118(16)

Patil, Vishal & Tuazon, Harry & Kaufman, Emily & Chakrabortty, Tuhin & Qin, David & Dunkel, Jörn & Bhamla, Saad. (2022). Ultrafast reversible self-assembly of living tangled matter. 10.48550/arXiv.2210.03384. 

Rosi-Denadai CA, Scallion ML, Merrett CG, Yack JE. Vocalization in caterpillars: a novel sound-producing mechanism for insects. J Exp Biol. 2018 Feb 26;221(Pt 4):jeb169466. doi: 10.1242/jeb.169466. 

Tahan V, Tran KD, Yousef MA, Dailey FE, Uraz S. An Unusual Finding of a Ladybug on Screening Colonoscopy. ACG Case Rep J. 2019 Aug 15;6(8):e00174. doi: 10.14309/crj.0000000000000174. Erratum in: ACG Case Rep J. 2019 Oct 17;6(10):e00270. PMID: 31737711; 

Taylor CJ, Yack JE. Hearing in caterpillars of the monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus). J Exp Biol. 2019 Nov 21;222(Pt 22):jeb211862. doi: 10.1242/jeb.211862.

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