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harbor seal

SEAL MEAL  A harbor seal digs its claws into a salmon. Sea lions and some other seal species have sturdy flippers instead of paws, and so can’t grasp prey in this way.

Micropterix aruncella

ANCIENT COLOR Scientists found microscopic texturing on the scales of moths from the Jurassic Period that resembles what’s seen today in Micropterix aruncella (shown). Those structures give the insects their iridescent colors.

Glyptodon

UNEARTHED  Evidence from South American fossils of extinct creatures such as Glyptodon, a giant relative of armadillos, ultimately helped Charles Darwin develop his theory of evolution.

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