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1999, April

April 1999 Mystery Image

April 1999 Mystery Image
Image by William Sharp

It has been a busy month full of guesses. This month we stumped all who participated. There were many great guesses, but none of them figured out this mystery. The image was a scanning electron image of the inside of a chicken egg shell.

Congratulations to Desert Vista high school for the most guesses.


For those of you that are curious, here are some numbers from our list of guesses.

  • 40% guessed that it was animal in nature.
  • 33% guessed that it was part of a plant.
  • 26% guessed that it was part of the brain or neural network.
  • 13% guessed that it was fungi.

Some of the creative single answers are listed below.

  • A mesh of tumor spaghetti stands.
  • A pile of sticks that cover a hole used to trap tigers.
  • A piece of hair from a goat.
ant, photo by Alex Wild

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ant, photo by Alex Wild

It's like having your own microscope! Visit our Zoom Gallery to explore and have fun zooming in and moving around each image.

Share to Google Classroom

Be part of Ask A Biologist

by volunteering, or simply sending us feedback on the site. Scientists, teachers, writers, illustrators, and translators are all important to the program. If you are interested in helping with the website we have a Volunteer page to get the process started.