Sunday, 29 October 2017

Jeremy the 'lefty' snail dies - but not before finally producing offspring

12 OCTOBER 2017 • 9:22AM

Jeremy the "lefty" snail, who captured the nation's hearts as he searched for a fellow rare garden snail with which to mate, has died.

Scientists at the University of Nottingham asked the country to check the snails in their garden and find one with a left-coiling shell.

Most garden snails have right-curling shells, but in the end they found some 'lefties' for Jeremy to mate with.

In studying the offspring of two 'lefty' snails, scientists think they can unlock the secrets behind the left and right sides of human bodies and brains.

Jeremy was so rare that scientists called him a one in a million gastropod, and had to ask the public to find him a mate.

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