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A dolphin with deformed flippers that look like thumbs was spotted in the Gulf of Corinth in July 2023. It likely acquired what appears to be a genetic defect during development in the womb, experts say.
Scalloped hammerhead sharks used to seek refuge at two Mexican seamounts, but it appears fishing has killed them off.
A house in Australia harbored more than 400 moths and butterflies, and hundreds of other species, including ones never documented before.
Clouded leopards can rotate their ankle joints by almost 180 degrees and they kill prey by biting the back of their necks with their huge teeth.
Paleontologists have found two pairs of hind legs from a small, bird-like dinosaur in the stomach of a juvenile Gorgosaurus unearthed in Canada. It is the first time that any food remains have been discovered within a tyrannosaur.
A new study re-examining old fossils collected by a Colombian priest more than 50 years ago has found they are actually rare hatchling turtles.
Elephants appear to have evolved their long, grasping trunks as a result of climate change pressures on their ancestors millions of years ago.
Bears that are struggling to hibernate due to abnormally warm weather in Russia's Amur region are wandering around in a daze, having suppressed their metabolism in preparation for winter.
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