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Record-Setting, 62-Pound Alligator Snapping Turtle Found in Mississippi

Now this is one big turtle. A researcher in Mississippi found a huge alligator snapping turtle (Macrochelys temminckii) while conducting a survey of the reptiles. Luke Pearson found the turtle, ...

Sat 25 May 19 from

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Unique Iron Age shield gives insight into prehistoric technology

A unique bark shield, thought to have been constructed with wooden laths during the Iron Age, has provided new insight into the construction and design of prehistoric weaponry.

Thu 23 May 19 from

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Chimpanzees filmed cracking tortoise shells and feasting on their flesh

Researchers witness Gabon chimpanzees smashing tortoise shells before scooping out their flesh and sharing the meat with each other — behaviours that have never ...

Fri 24 May 19 from ABC Science

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Crabs' camouflage tricks revealed

Crabs from a single species rely on different camouflage techniques depending on what habitat they live in, new research shows.

Fri 24 May 19 from

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Complex life may only exist because of millions of years of groundwork by ancient fungi

Because of their delicate organic and decomposing nature, fossilized fungi are extremely rare. So rare, in fact, that a new discovery has just pushed back the earliest evidence of fungi by at ...

Thu 23 May 19 from

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New research shows that mites and ticks are close relatives

Scientists from the University of Bristol and the Natural History Museum in London have reconstructed the evolutionary history of the chelicerates, the mega-diverse group of 110,000 arthropods ...

Fri 24 May 19 from

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Skeleton of the extinct Dodo bird was auctioned and sold for $622,000

Composed of bones of various dodo specimens found on the bird's past home of Mauritius, in the Indian Ocean, the skeleton being sold at Christie's London was assembled in the 19th century.

Fri 24 May 19 from Daily Mail

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Clotilda: Last US slave ship discovered among gators, snakes

The old wooden ship hull didn't look like much when researchers first saw it: just broken, waterlogged boards and a few pieces of rusted metal, all stuck in the muddy bottom of a bug-infested ...

Fri 24 May 19 from

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First fungus pushed back half a billion years

New find in the Arctic updates fossil record significantly. Nick Carne reports.

Thu 23 May 19 from Cosmos Magazine

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Israeli scientists brew beer with revived ancient yeasts

Israeli researchers raised a glass Wednesday to celebrate a long-brewing project of making beer and mead using yeasts extracted from ancient clay vessels —some over 5,000 years old.

Wed 22 May 19 from

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