No but seriously, this nematode, C. elegans, is a pretty interesting model organism. Not only was it the first multicellular organism to have its genome mapped, we know what every single one of its somatic cells do from birth. This is possible because they’re so simple (hermaphrodites have 959 cells, males 1031). It also leads to questions about what differences between individuals even are, since each of one nematode’s 302 neurons can be precisely mapped to another’s, but that’s philosophy and fuck that we can just look at transparent worm things.
Anywho, just a reminder that even with such a simple, well-mapped organism, it’s hard to tell how behavior arises: "Locomotion of C. elegans: A Piecewise-Harmonic Curvature Representation of Nematode Behavior" investigates this problem with a surprisingly simple mathematical model that one only needs knowledge of basic calculus to understand.
(edit) tumblr, just because I told you to get the gif from elsewhere, doesn’t mean that you can only load the first frame