In the June 23 SN: Emmy Noether gets her due, the 411 on ancestry testing, bonobo birthing buddies, a mysterious neutrino surplus, the oldest known lizard fossil, genetic genealogy in police work, Pluto’s dunes and more.
The skin of the Asian common toad is laced with a deadly toxin. A new study finds that most predators in Madagascar that might eat the toad lack the genetic mutations necessary to make them immune to the toxin.
BEFORE THE FALL African baobab trees may be in trouble. After living some 1,400 years, this specimen in Botswana — called the Chapman tree — toppled and died in 2016.
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STAY DRY When the rain starts falling in Central America’s tropical forests, leaf-cutter ants (Atta cephalotes) hurry back to their nests — with or without their leafy cargo, which gets heftier when wet.