Weirder Than You Think – a poem by Kate Rauner

Ctenophores of oceans wide,Illustration from NOAA, Public Domain_Mertensia_ovum
Iridescent jellies,
Are carnivores of tiny prey,
A swimming mouth and belly.
It’s shaken up our notions
Of how animals evolved
A complex nervous system,
Gives a problem to be solved.
It’s missing genes essential
To build its neural net,
And uses different chemicals
To transmit signals, yet,
It has, for half a billion years
Evolved in its own way,
And left its progeny so strange
To puzzle us today.

Thanks to National Geographic and Doubtful News

Illustration from NOAA, Public Domain

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