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When giant pandas are born, they are not giant. In fact, they are almost comically small compared to their mums. Now, new research on baby panda skeletons has revealed that in almost any other mammal, the developmental stage of panda cubs when they’re born would be considered premature.   In short, giant panda bears are
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A new species of extinct penguin has been discovered. It’s helping us bridge the gap between modern penguins and their counterparts from the Paleocene epoch – the 10-million-year period following dinosaur extinction.   The world’s oldest known penguins existed only a few million years after the mass-extinction event that wiped out the dinosaurs – except
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For centuries — and long before Mount Doom drew Tolkien’s heroes to Mordor — New Zealand’s explosive geology has awed and terrified the island’s residents. Volcanoes, including the one immortalized in film adaptations of the Lord of the Rings, created the archipelago that is home to the Kiwi country. One day, they may wipe it
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In 1906, zoologist Herbert Spencer Jennings reported a remarkable discovery. He found an example of intelligent behaviour in a freshwater organism made of just a single cell, known as Stentor roeseli.   When stimulated under the microscope, this colourless, trumpet-like creature was able to make complex decisions, Jennings claimed. The organism was changing its response according
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We have seen the depths of hell, and it is a sloth. A cheerful-faced, slow-moving two-toed sloth, peering out of its comfortable position, snugly ensconced in… a human toilet.   Yes. We may be slightly late to the party on this one, but we have finally been introduced to the natural wonder that is the