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© 2001 Dave Caron
University of Southern California
Dept. of Biological Science
Los Angeles, CA

Live Foraminifera
(the shell is in the middle)

Foraminifera are single-celled organisms that construct shells. They live today, and have lived for millions of years. Their shells settle to the sea floor from where scientists gather them to use for studying evolution, and for paleo-climate research.

This photo and its corresponding pattern story
can be found on pg. 10 of Centered On the Edge