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INTERNET SEARCH  To better understand the past environment of Kenya’s Lake Turkana Basin, asks volunteers to scrutinize thousands of aerial photos taken at the site.

tarantula Chromatopelma cyaneopubescens

BLUE MYSTERY  Internal structures, not pigment, puts blue in hairs on the tarantula Chromatopelma cyaneopubescens. What drives the evolution of such color in animals that probably can’t see it still puzzles researchers.

Ptyas mucosa fossil

SEE-THROUGH SKULL  X-ray scans of the skulls of lizards and snakes, including Ptyas mucosa, the oriental rat snake, reveal clues that today’s snakes descended from burrowers.

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