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  1. Cambroraster falcatus
    Paleontology

    This newfound predator may have terrorized the Cambrian seafloor

    A newly discovered spaceship-shaped predator raked through the Cambrian seafloor in search of food.

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  2. starry dwarf frog
    Animals

    Meet India’s starry dwarf frog — a species with no close relatives

    The newly identified starry dwarf frog represents a new species, genus and potentially even a new family.

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  3. comparison of newly discovered herbivore to modern-day elephant
    Paleontology

    This huge plant eater thrived in the age of dinosaurs — but wasn’t one of them

    A newly named plant-eater from the Late Triassic was surprisingly hefty.

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  4. a dust satellite
    Astronomy

    One of Earth’s shimmering dust clouds has been spotted at last

    Almost 60 years after a Polish astronomer spotted clouds of dust orbiting Earth near the moon, astronomers have detected those clouds again.

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  5. Tosanoides aphrodite
    Animals

    This new fish species displays a splash of highlighter hues

    Researchers stumbled upon a new species of coral reef fish with spectacular coloration and a unique habitat.

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  6. Akainacephalus johnsoni illustration
    Animals

    A new ankylosaur found in Utah had a surprisingly bumpy head

    The spiky, fossilized skull of a newly discovered dinosaur species may be a road map to its ancestors’ journey to North America.

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  7. amber
    Paleontology

    These newfound frogs have been trapped in amber for 99 million years

    Trapped in amber, 99-million-year-old frog fossils reveal the amphibians lived in a wet, tropical climate.

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  8. STEVE
    Physics

    STEVE the aurora makes its debut in mauve

    A newly discovered type of aurora is a visible version of usually invisible charged particles drifting in the upper atmosphere.

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  9. tardigrade egg
    Animals

    A new species of tardigrade lays eggs covered with doodads and streamers

    These elegant eggs hint that a tardigrade found in a Japanese parking lot is a new species.

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  10. pelican spider
    Animals

    18 new species of pelican spiders discovered

    A researcher used old and new specimens to discover 18 species of pelican spiders from Madagascar.

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  11. marsupial lion illustration
    Animals

    This ancient marsupial lion had an early version of ‘bolt-cutter’ teeth

    Extinct dog-sized predator crunched with unusual slicers toward the back of its jaw.

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  12. Halszkaraptor escuilliei
    Paleontology

    This new dinosaur species was one odd duck

    Weird dino swimmer had flipperlike limbs and a swanlike neck.

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