Sponges are outliers in biology’s big bang, the Cambrian explosion. Their embryos appear in Precambrian strata, leading some to consider them primitive.
Synthetic organic chemist James Tour, of Rice University, has shown the folly of NASA scientists and others in a number of videos.
In 1901, divers brought up from an ancient shipwreck the first part of the Antikythera mechanism made by Greek inventors.
Mother-of-pearl, or nacre, is not only a beautiful substance for jewelry and ceramics; it is a remarkable material.
Much as the world appreciated the “noble and poetic moment,” at the time it could be waved away as mere poetry — more sentiment than science.