Winner of Honorable Mention in Olympus’ BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition® of 2008.

Feeding, burrowing and building tubes in sand and mud require the coordination of a surprisingly complex complement of muscles in marine worms. Revealed in this depth-coded montage of two confocal images at 20X magnification are the muscles of a spionid polychaete (Polydora cornuta).

Image credit: Sara Lindsay at the University of Maine, Orono, Maine, USA.


Animal Bones and Archaeology: Guidelines for Best Practice

  • by Polydora Baker, Fay Worley and additional specialist contributors

“These guidelines aim to promote high professional standards in zooarchaeological practice in project planning, excavation, reporting and achiving. The guidance supports archaeology advisors, project managers, field staff and zooarchaeologists through outlining the potential of animal bones from archaeological sites, highlighting the importance of archaeological methods and promoting understanding of zooarchaeological reports and datasets” (open access/read entire manual).

(Open access source: English Heritage via @suzie_birch on Twitter)