The secret life of barnacles

Phil Rainbow

Although barnacles have long been regarded as costly fouling agents, scientists are now making use of their remarkable capacity to accumulate concentrations of poisonous metals to assist in the management of environmental pollution. Phil Rainbow discusses the fascinating and bizarre world of barnacles, showing how barnacles are not only zoologically fascinating but terribly important economically.

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Cartoon image of lab coats with T.rex name label

Our fossil insect collection includes Rhyniognatha hirsti, the world's oldest fossil insect, dating back some 400 million years.