LATERAL THOUGHTS IN SEARCH OF EVER MORE INTERESTING STORIES FROM BIOLOGY. Robin and the Honey Badger’s mission is to re-charge biology with originality for you, the non-specialist reader. Here we interview dinobacter, a bacterium that could have made all the difference to the ability of Triceratops to defend itself from tyrannosaurs. For, if there was a premium on keratin in a world of thick-skinned conflict, then only a novel fermentation could have recycled the supplies of sulphur needed to produce this most vulcanised of proteins.

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