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COUNT DOWN  From 1999 to 2015, numbers of orangutans on the island of Borneo declined by nearly 150,000 individuals, a new study estimates.

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GOING LONG  Starting around 1300, high-ranking members of a pre-Inca population increasingly had their heads bound into a narrow, elongated shape during infancy, a researcher says.

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THE REALITIES OF PLAY  Just like kids in hunter-gatherer and herding communities, many children in Western societies prefer play that mimics the things that adults do.

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