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Charles II

KIN’S KING  Charles II of Spain was the last Habsburg ruler of Spain. His distinctive jawline, infertility and mental disabilities may have been the product of the royal family’s extreme inbreeding.

Great tit

PINNOCHIO  Great tits in the United Kingdom may be evolving longer beaks because of more available food, thanks to the extensive use of bird feeders in the country.  

illustration of mammoths

BRINGING ‘EM BACK ALIVE  Scientists think they have the tools to transform elephants into woolly mammoths (illustrated) and reverse extinction. A new book explores the promise and pitfalls of de-extinction.

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