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'Hidden Dragon' Beast Gave Rise to Fearsome Flying Reptiles
pterodactyloid fossil
April 24th, 2014
A Chinese fossil is the earliest and most primitive pterodactyloid, part of a group of flying reptiles that ruled the skies some 163 million years ago, scientists report.
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Zoos, Aquariums and Their Visitors Are Critical Advocates for Conservation (Op-Ed)
children, zoos, aquarium
April 23rd, 2014
Zoos and aquariums are hubs for inspiring the public to support wildlife conservation.
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Creationist Debate Stalls South Carolina State Fossil Bill
Drawing of a woolly mammoth. These beasts were bigger than mastodons and and curved rather than straight tusks. They died off around 10,000 years ago, and scientists aren t yet sure if climate change was to blame -- as the Ice Age ended -- or if human hun
April 23rd, 2014
When 8-year-old Olivia McConnell proposed a state fossil for South Carolina, she probably didn't expect her request to prompt a drawn-out fight with creationists in her state legislature.
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Dolphins Put Sponges on Snouts to Snag Elusive Snacks
a bottlenose dolphin in Shark Bay carrying a sponge on its snout.
April 24th, 2014
Dolphins can use sponges as tools to snag food they could not otherwise grab, the first direct evidence that dolphins use tools to carve out unique places in the food chain.
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Food vs. Sex: Why Some Female Spiders Eat Males Before Mating
April 23rd, 2014
Certain female spiders are infamous for eating their partners after sex, but some actually pounce on suitors, fangs first, before mating ever occurs.
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Female Seed Beetles Fight Unequal Battle During Sex
An image of seed beetles
April 23rd, 2014
When seed beetles copulate, females suddenly start kicking males because males hurt them with their spiky penises. And although researchers used to think this kicking was in the interests of the females, a new study shows this may not be the case.
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Not in the Mood: Study in Mice Sheds Light on Human Libido
An image of mice
April 22nd, 2014
Pain seems to discourage female mice from having sex, but it does nothing to stop males from copulating, according to a new study.
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Why Adopting an Older Pet Makes Sense (Op-Ed)
buddy, older dogs, adopting a pet
April 24th, 2014
If you are about to adopt a pet, it makes sense to first consider older, mellower candidates.
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How Cold Was Winter? Starving Rats Ate Trees
rats-trees
April 23rd, 2014
Some effects of the long-lasting, sub-freezing temperatures are only now becoming apparent. One surprise was the discovery that starving rats in New York City had attacked the trees in urban parks for sustenance.
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New Crustaceans Found Crawling on Dead Whale Bones Off Antarctica
The isopod <em>Jaera tyleri</em> may be unique to the whale bone habitat where it was found in the Southern Ocean.
April 23rd, 2014
British researchers using a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) to explore the deep seafloor stumbled across the bare bones of a minke whale. Speckling the bones were tiny animals that resembled wood lice, only smaller, the researchers discovered.
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