National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Dept. of Invertebrate Zoology Search this
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Division of Worms Search this
Color: Black and White; Size: 8w x 10h; Type of Image: Person, candid; Medium: Photographic print
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
Smithsonian Institution Research Reports Autumn 1981
Dr. Meredith L. Jones, invertebrate zoologist and one of the world's leading experts on the anatomy of worms, at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, holds a preserved sample of his namesake Riftia pachyptila Jones, a giant tube worm. Scientists discovered giant tube worms in 1977 a mile and a half down on the sea floor off the famed Galapagos Islands and were completely baffled. After years of intensive research by Dr. Jones and many scientists across the nation, the answer to the question of how could these worms and other animals could survive in this hostile environment was finally found.