In the July 8 SN: DNA traces many roads to domestication, seeking quantum supremacy, the 25th anniversary of the qubit, bones’ secret messages, how monkeys see faces, redating Homo sapiens, a record-breaking gas giant, strange dragonfly wings and more.
BACKSTORY WITH LEGS Small and possibly living underground, the newly named extinct Chinlestegophis (artist’s illustration shown) still had legs but might be an ancient near-relative of today’s legless caecilian amphibians.
KILLER DRILLERS Predators such as moon snails (Naticarius orientalis shown) that kill by drilling through other animals’ shells offer a rare chance to test an idea about the power of enemies.
DEMON DINO An armored dinosaur’s skull suggests that its face resembled that of a demon in Ghostbusters, so the researchers named it Zuul crurivastator. But the dino (ilustrated) was a plant eater, not a predator.