Oftentimes, researchers have to travel deep into some remote corner of the globe to find organisms still unknown to science. Other times, undocumented species are found hiding in plain sight, right under the their noses.
For pathobiological science professor Tony Goldberg, his latest discovery turned out to be even closer than that.
A few days after returning home from a research expedition in Africa, Goldberg noticed a arachnid stowaway nestled in his nasal cavity. After the UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine professor determined it was a tick, he was understandably horrified, but also rather intrigued.
“When you first realize you have a tick up your nose, it takes a lot of willpower not to claw your face off,” Goldberg told Science Daily. “But my sense of being grossed out was balanced by my scientific curiosity.”
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