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OLDEST MOTH SCALE  A tiny insect scale from an ancient lagoon (left) may be one of the earliest fossil signs of  the evolutionary branch of moths and butterflies. Comparisons with modern scales (right) identified it.

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WELL PRESERVED  Eriauchenius milajaneae is a new species of pelican spider discovered by arachnologist Hannah Wood, who named it after her daughter “in the hope that one day she will go to Andohahela [National Park in Madagascar] to find this spider,” Wood writes in a new paper describing 18 new species.

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SPIKES OUT  Tiny lake dwellers known as water fleas (Daphnia pulex shown) raise spiky defenses when sensing predators nearby. But high levels of carbon dioxide in lake waters may dull their senses, leaving the critters open to attack.  

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