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ancient species of wading bird

WATER WADER  An ancient species of wading bird (illustrated) that lived about 130 million years ago is the oldest known avian relative of modern birds.

stretchy nerves in a whale

WIDE OPEN  Fin whales and others like them have stretchy nerves (yellow) in their mouths and tongues that help the whales open their mouths wide to swallow a lot of prey.

man holding coco-de-mer nut

HUGE SEEDS  The iconic shape of a coco-de-mer nut that intrigues a traveler (shown) won’t show up on a tree. It’s evident only once the outer green husk is stripped off.

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