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No Use for Its Brain

April 20, 2011

Here’s a tidbit of information I found…well, hilarious (and mildly fascinating):

“Born with a simple spinal cord and a three hundred-neuron “brain,” the larva motors around in the shallows until it finds a nice patch of coral on which to put down its roots. It has about twelve hours to do so, or it will die. Once safely attached, however, the sea squirt simply eats its brain. For most of its life, it looks more like a plant than an animal, and since it’s not moving, it has no use for its brain.”

Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain.

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