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December 31, 2009


Danna Staaf

Ooh, good stuff! Thanks for setting the record straight. One correction, though: there are actually several animals that can produce their own cellulase, including--amazingly--termites, although they do rely on bacteria for the bulk of the digestion. I discussed this at Cephalopodiatrist a while back http://cephalopodiatrist.com/blog/2007/04/never-say-never.html


Neat! I'd missed that paper. I'd suspected that if I overgeneralized it would come back to haunt me, and now it has. Sneaky invertebrates. I'll amend the post to specify that no *vertebrate* makes cellulase...

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