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seafloor map

VISITING THE RELATIVES  At a deep spot (red dot) on the seafloor between Norway and Greenland not far from the hydrothermal vents at Loki’s Castle, mud has yielded DNA samples from microbes that may be the closest kin yet known to complex life.

elephants

Forest elephants in Africa are closely related to the animals found on the savannahs, but conservation plans do not always recognize them as separate species. With elephant poaching now rampant, failing to acknowledge that there are two species African elephant could put both at risk of extinction, scientists warn.

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.

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