Diatom

By Carl Zimmer | June 28, 2008 9:58 pm

diatom

Richard writes, “On my shoulder. Taken from an engraving by Ernest Haekel.”

Carl: Here’s the Wikipedia page on diatoms, those abundant microscopic shell-builders of the sea. And here’s a gallery of Haeckel’s amazing illustrations—many tattoos in the making (and made, in some cases).

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Comments (3)

  1. Megan

    diatoms are gorgeous. some of the prettiest things i’ve ever seen.

  2. natalie

    That’s definitely a radiolarian, not a diatom:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radiolarian
    Still pretty sweet, though.

  3. Mike Ruark

    I LOVE that you included “fig. 1″ !!!

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A blog about life, past and future. Written by DISCOVER contributing editor and columnist Carl Zimmer.

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Carl Zimmer writes about science regularly for The New York Times and magazines such as DISCOVER, which also hosts his blog, The LoomHe is the author of 12 books, the most recent of which is Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed.

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