Skeletons come in many shapes and sizes

A new book explores the evolution and diversity of life’s scaffolding

whale skeleton, formanifera skeletons, and a rhinoceros beetle exoskeleton

LIFE SUPPORT  Skeletons today are quite diverse, from the exoskeletons of tiny marine organisms known as foraminifera (bottom left) and rhinoceros beetles (bottom right) to the bones of mighty whales (North Atlantic right whale, top).

Clockwise from top: Pat David/Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0), Bernard DUPONT/Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0), Psammophile/Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0)

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