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wolves

MIXED UP  Eastern wolves (second from left) and red wolves (second from right) might be better described as mixtures between gray wolves (far left) and coyotes (far right) rather than distinct species, a new genetic analysis suggests.

Pheidole drogon

A STORM OF SPINES  A newly discovered ant species, named Pheidole drogon after a dragon in Game of Thrones, sports spines that resemble a dragon wing and claw. The ants can’t fly or breathe fire, but their spines are filled with muscles, which may lend support to their giant heads.

nursery web spiders

A GIFT FOR YOU  Male nursery web spiders (left) present nuptial gifts in the form of insect carcasses wrapped in silk.

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