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New species of amoeba is named after a character in The Lord of the Rings

Publicado em 10 fevereiro 2017

Researchers identify a microorganism with a carapace that resembles the wizard’s hat worn by Gandalf. Thecamoebians are among the 30-45 lineages of amoebae known to exist worldwide. During their evolution, they have developed the ability to produce a varyingly shaped outer carapace or shell in which to protect themselves. A group of researchers at the University of São Paulo’s Bioscience Institute (IB-USP) in Brazil, in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Maringá (UEM) in Paraná State, as well as a firm of environmental consultants based in Vila Velha, Espírito Santo State, and a researcher from Minas Gerais, have identified a species of thecamoeba with a carapace that resembles the wizard’s hat worn by Gandalf…