Ouroboros: The Tail-Eating Serpent

Ouroboros: The Tail-Eating Serpent

The ouroboros is an ancient symbol of a mythical serpent or dragon that bites its own tail. It has come to represent, rebirth, infinity and the continuous wheel of cycles. But it also turns out to be a clever way for some animals to defend themselves and can be seen in everything from storms on Saturn to nanotechnology.

Image Credit: Ouroboros drawing from a late medieval Byzantine Greek alchemical manuscript by Theodoros Pelecanos (Wikimedia Commons)

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Topics in this Podcast: mythology, evolution, animals