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'Wandering meatloaf' creature has teeth of iron


A weird mollusk, affectionately known as the “wandering meatloaf,” has teeth made of a rare iron mineral, previously found only along rocky coastlines, a new study finds. 

Researchers detected the rare iron mineral — called santabarbaraite — in the teeth of the rock-grazing mollusk Cryptochiton stelleri, nicknamed the “wandering meatloaf” because it looks just like one with its reddish-brown, up to 14-inch-long (36 centimeters) oval-shaped and shelled body. 



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