Image of the Month: The (Ugly) Face of Plastics
Lauren Robertson | | Quick Read
Say hello to Eurythenes plasticus. This newly described deep-sea amphipod has become the new face of the plastics crisis, after a team of researchers from Newcastle University discovered microplastic particles in its hindguts using Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy. The team named the animal plasticus to send a message about the (quite literally) far-reaching consequences of plastic pollution.
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