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beetle fossils

BAD HOUSEGUESTS  Some ancient beetles survived by freeloading off social insects such as termites. Two new beetle fossils (Cretotrichopsenius burmiticus, left and Mesosymbion compactus, right) suggest that the behavior, known as social parasitism, has endured for about 100 million years.

fish

SEA OF HURT  A venomous reef stonefish (Synanceia verrucosa) is camouflaged as a rock in the Indian Ocean. Stings from the spines of this species are very painful.

Hydrophylax bahuvistara

Slime produced by Hydrophylax bahuvistara contains a newly identified flu-fighting protein called urumin, named for a type of sword used in the region of India where the frog resides. 

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