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choanoflagellates, panda, mushroom

STRANGE RELATIONS  People, pandas, and even mushrooms perch as closer cousins to single-celled choanoflagellates than to other multicellular organisms. 

DIATOMIC ART  This colorful pattern, which is hundreds of microns across, is made up of hard-shelled algae called diatoms. 

elephant

Like their brethren in Africa, Asian elephants are on the decline. The animals disperse tree seeds by eating fruit and defecating the seeds. Bovids can do the same, but they’re not as good at it, a new study finds.

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