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Very Rare and Adorable Pocket Shark Discovered
Only the second pocket shark ever discovered was found during a study of sperm whale feeding habits. And, yes, it probably could fit in your pocket. →
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The Hidden Biology of Unlikely Animals
I have a new piece in the New Yorker’s Elements blog about our tendency to underestimate animals that …
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Sex, Aggression & Damselflies Aggression between two...
Sex, Aggression & Damselflies Aggression between two different species of animals is surprisingly common. But what exactly are they fighting over? Male aggression towards potential reproductive rivals could explain much of it.UCLA biologists observed and analyzed the behavior of several species of damselflies. Male damselflies typically ignore males of another species when they fly into their territory — unless they’re attempting to mate with a female damselfly.Female […]
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Human And Drone Swim With Alaskan Sharks
The normal human response to reports of a deadly shark in the water is to boil the sea, move inland, and spend the rest of one’s life in peaceful isolation at the top of a…
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Chinese Construction Workers Just Stumbled Upon Dozens of Dinosaur Eggs
The city of Heyuan in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong has quite the collection of dinosaur eggs. Dubbed the “Home of Dinosaurs,” Heyuan earned a Guinness World Record in 2004 for having the world’s largest collection of dinosaur eggs. That collection just got a bit larger, after construction workers doing road repairs stumbled upon a cache of 43 fossilized dinosaur eggs on Sunday. The eggs were discovered right in the heart of downtown Heyuan. […]
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Acrobatic Leopard Raids Eagle’s Nest in Samburu
While on a game drive in the Samburu National Reserve in north-central Kenya, we came across a leopard relaxing in the forked branches of a tree on the banks of the muddy Ewaso Nyiro River. She was fast asleep in the branches, and after some time photographing the lazy feline, we prepared to move on. But…
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The Deep History of the Sea’s Bone-Eating Worms
Bones are symbols of death. That makes sense. Before X-rays and CT scans allowed us to look inside …
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Officials: Sumatran rhino is extinct in the wild in Sabah
There are no Sumatran rhinos left in the wild in the Malaysian state of Sabah, confirmed Masidi Manjun, the Tourism, Culture and Envi­ronment Minister, over the weekend. In 2008, conservationists estimated there were around 50 rhinos in the state. Five years later, it dropped that estimate to just ten. Now, it's admitted the awful truth: the wild rhino is very likely gone.

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