Life

  1. Paleontology

    How did Triceratops grow its horns?

    Newly discovered fossil skulls of juvenile Triceratops may help reveal how the dinosaurs grew their three trademark horns.

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  2. Paleontology

    Fossils found under tons of Kitty Litter

    Excavations at North America's largest Kitter Litter mine have yielded fossils of ancient aquatic reptiles, as well as evidence of a tsunami generated by the extraterrestrial impact that killed off the dinosaurs about 65 million years ago.

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  3. Paleontology

    Lemurs reveal clues to ancient Asian roots

    A diminutive lemur species inhabited what is now central Pakistan about 30 million years ago, a new fossil find suggests.

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  4. Ecosystems

    Another World Hides inside Coral Reefs

    The first systematic survey of crevices inside Red Sea reefs reveals abundant filter feeders that may capture significant nutrients for the reef.

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  5. Paleontology

    Large shadows fell on Cretaceous landscape

    Paleontologists have unearthed the remains of what they believe could be the largest flying creature yet discovered—a 12-meter-wingspan pterosaur.

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  6. Animals

    Wild gerbils pollinate African desert lily

    Scientists in South Africa have found the first known examples of gerbils pollinating a flower.

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  7. Animals

    Poison birds copy ‘don’t touch’ feathers

    A subspecies of one of New Guinea's poisonous pitohui birds may be mimicking a toxic neighbor, according to a new genetic analysis.

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  8. Animals

    Shrimps spew bubbles as hot as the sun

    With the snap of a claw, a pinkie-size ocean shrimp generates a collapsing air bubble that's hot enough to emit faint light.

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  9. Animals

    Meerkat pups grow fatter with extra adults

    Meerkat pups growing up in large, cooperative groups are heftier because there are more adults to entreat for food.

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  10. Animals

    Shhh! Is that scrape a caterpillar scrap?

    A series of staged conflicts reveals the first known acoustic duels in caterpillars.

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  11. Paleontology

    New Fossils Resolve Whale’s Origin

    The first discovery of early whale fossils with key ankle bones intact provides compelling paleontological evidence that whales are closely related to many living ungulates, a relationship already supported by molecular data.

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  12. Animals

    Gimme, Gimme, Gimme!

    Hungry chicks cheeping in their nest have inspired a whole branch of scientific inquiry.

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