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a Venus flytrap

The genes that allow a Venus flytrap (Dionaea muscipula) to catch and digest insects might have their roots in basic plant defense, researchers suggest. 

Primate jaw

ASIAN SURVIVOR  This lower left jaw comes from one of six new fossil primate species unearthed in southern China. The fossils’ discoverers suspect dropping temperatures and declining rainfall around 34 million years ago changed the course of primate evolution in Asia.

lab images of embolisms in leaf veins

DEATH BY BUBBLE Mundane tools beat fancy X-ray setups in tracking how invading air bubbles kill leaves during drought, as seen in (clockwise from top) a Pteris fern, oak leaf and Adiantum fern.

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