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The Munich Specimen

ANALYZING ARCHAEOPTERYX  Researchers mounted the block of limestone with the Archaeopteryx fossil known as “The Munich Specimen” to analyze its wing bones. The examination suggests the ancient dino-bird flapped its wings while flying.


SEL-FISH Pure self-interest could explain the smoothly coordinated moves and effective collaboration in hunting packs of yellow saddle goatfish.

Mastotermes darwiniensis termite

FUNNY COCKROACH  Calling a termite (Mastotermes darwiniensis from Australia, shown) a kind of cockroach has now become perfectly correct, says the name-watch committee of an organization of U.S. insect scientists.

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