Sponges: Time-lapse of Sponge Cells Recombining

Next Generation Science Standards

Sponge cells show the first step toward complex animals. They can communicate with each other and some preform specialized functions.

Length: 
1:03

Sponges are the only animals that if broken down to the level of their cells, can reassemble themselves.
A sponge is passed through a sieve to break apart its cells. The cells recognize each other and reform into small new sponges.