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Dying to know – a quick quiz

By , 12 August 2020

Death is a fascinating and important topic for many scientists. It can also reveal much about life. If you get 5/5 this week, maybe you should consider a career in thanatology!

#1. Turritopsis dohrnii is an animal that turns back into a baby when it gets too old, but what kind of animal is it?

Turritopsis dohrnii is commonly known as the immortal jellyfish, and it can turn back into a polyp when it gets too old.

#2. Which one of the following was a dinosaur?

Archaeopteryx was a bird-like dinosaur. Pteranodon was a flying reptile, Plesiosaurus was a marine reptile, and Dimetrodon was a synapsid (traditionally known as a “mammal-like reptile”).

#3. What does your lacrimal gland produce?

Most people have two lacrimal glands, one above each eye, and they’re responsible for producing tears.

#4. What dies during apoptosis?

Apoptosis is the body’s way of removing unwanted cells.

#5. How many moons does Pluto have?

Pluto’s largest moon is Charon, but four more moons have been discovered since 2005.

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