I just saw over on Science Daily
that they have found lots of new Green Flourescent Proteins in Amphioxus
, aka the lancelet (which is the closest invertebrate relative to our phylum, Chordata).
The article, with a nice green glowing picture, is here
I thought this was a semi-boring animal until I discovered "The Amphioxus Song."
It CAN'T be boring if it's got a song about it, right? Plus, I love science songs, especially when they are relevant enough to share with students!
Here's a snip from the song:
A fish-like thing appeared among the annelids one day.
It hadn't any parapods nor setae to display.
It hadn't any eyes nor jaws, nor ventral nervous cord,
But it had a lot of gill slits and it had a notochord.
Apparently, the poor Amphioxus does not make the news very much. I did a Google Search and all I came up with was a similar article
(albeit with more pictures) and a copy of it in Russian. Maybe some starving grad student could take up the cause?