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  1. Odontomachus brunneus ant
    Animals

    How a trap-jaw ant carries a baby

    Powerful jaws make the Odontomachus brunneus ant a skilled escape artist.

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  2. Vampire squid of hell
    Animals

    Vampire squid take mommy breaks

    The vampire squid again defies its sensationalist name with a life in the slow lane.

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  3. man holding coco-de-mer nut
    Plants

    How slow plants make ridiculous seeds

    Coco de mer palms scrimp, save and take not quite forever creating the world’s largest seeds.

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  4. Animals

    When mom serves herself as dinner

    For this spider, extreme motherhood ends with a fatal family feast.

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  5. Animals

    Piggyback rides and other crocodile fun

    We don’t know the playful side of crocodiles perhaps only because we haven’t looked.

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  6. A Northern quoll
    Animals

    The running of the quolls

    Northern quolls run like crazy to find mates.

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  7. houbara bustard
    Animals

    Flamboyant old bustards keep showing off

    Among outrageously flirtatious birds called houbara bustards, old males may pay a penalty for years of extreme display.

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  8. Three pitcher plant traps
    Plants

    Fairly bad pitcher traps triumph in the end

    Carnivorous pitcher plant traps rarely catch much, but their lackadaisical hunting turns out not to be so lame after all.

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  9. Shrimpfish
    Animals

    That’s how shrimpfish roll

    A tails-up swimmer makes rare moves.

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  10. California ground squirrel
    Animals

    Why ground squirrels go ninja over nothing

    Ground squirrels twist and dodge fast enough to have a decent chance of escaping rattlesnake attacks.

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  11. Flying bats
    Animals

    It’s bat vs. bat in aerial jamming wars

    In nighttime flying duels, Mexican free-tailed bats make short, wavering sirenlike sounds that jam each other’s sonar.

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  12. bees fighting
    Animals

    When sweet little bees go to war

    Tiny Tetragonula bees don’t sting but have strong jaws. The bees fight by biting a combatant and not letting go.

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