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Mother Yaks defy stereotypes, challenge gender roles

For mother yaks, 16,000 feet is nothing. They forage at heights well above those of males and childless females, ascending sheer...

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Chimpanzees discover fashion, wear earrings made of grass

Chimps have long demonstrated many aspects of complex culture, from tool use to hierarchical social structure to waging war.


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House party with a difference

The natural world never ceases to amaze me (it is also a wonder that we ever invented boredom!), today it is the Disco Clam. This...

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Penguins must march to survive climate change

One way climate change affects species is by forcing migrations, and animals that depend on ice—of which penguins are a notable...

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Superbeast survives the vacuum of space

Behold, the tardigrade.

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Spidey sense: "listening" to finely-tuned webs

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Koala air conditioning: highly effective, highly adorable

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Animals can predict earthquakes, but no one knows how

Anecdotal evidence spanning many centuries has suggested that animals somehow predict earthquakes before they happen. For example, the...

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Wasp has a zinc-tipped drill for laying eggs

A species of parasitic wasp has evolved a drill for boring into fruit and injecting its eggs into larvae within.

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