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Lily Simonson, Don't Judge the Tubeworms, 2007, Oil on canvas, 60x84 inches.
Credit: Lilly Simonson.
Giant tubeworms, Riftiapachyptila, originally discovered at the Galápagos Rift in 1977. Among the first known creatures to subsist off of methane and sulfur hydrothermal vents, they become emblems of art and science's shared passion for exploration and discovery.