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Akainacephalus johnsoni illustration

CRETACEOUS CRITTER  Meet Akainacephalus johnsoni, a newly discovered armored dinosaur species that roamed Utah more than 70 million years ago.

robot catching a cephalopod

GOTCHA A new machine, shaped sort of like a five-fingered arcade claw, gently encloses soft-bodied sea creatures (like this cephalopod) to study before releasing them, unharmed, back into the ocean.

baby snake preserved in amber

SNAKE SURPRISE  A walnut-sized nugget of amber contains the first known example of a fossilized baby snake.

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