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Toads can 'predict earthquakes'

Toads can ‘predict earthquakes’

Common toads appear to be able to sense an impending earthquake and will flee their colony days before the seismic activity strikes. The evidence comes from a population of toads which left their breeding colony three days before an earthquake that struck L'Aquila in Italy in 2009. How toads

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Hyena laughs and giggles decoded

Hyena laughs and giggles decoded

The giggling sounds of a hyena contain important information about the animal's status, say scientists. In the first study to decipher the hyena's so-called "laugh", they have shown that the pitch of the giggle reveals a hyena's age. What is more, variations in the frequency of notes used wh

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New “Roadrunner” Dinosaur Found

A new dinosaur species unearthed in China would have given Wile E. Coyote a run for his money. Nicknamed the roadrunner, the tiny dinosaur is one of the smallest and leggiest Alvarezsaurs ever to have roamed the Earth. Alvarezsaurs are known for their long-leg

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New Blind Snakes Found

New Blind Snakes Found

The genes of a newfound snake family suggest blind snakes lived on the island of Madagascar since, well, before it was an island. The discovery is helping to decode how these rarely seen—and barely seeing, though not completely blind—snakes came to colonize much of the plan

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Bonobos opt to share their food

Bonobos opt to share their food

One of our closest primate relatives, the bonobo, has been shown to voluntarily share food, scientists report. This sort of generous behaviour was previously thought by some to be an exclusively human trait. But a team has carried out an experiment that revealed that bonobos were more likel

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Giant mouse lemur seen in threatened forest

Giant mouse lemur seen in threatened forest

A new population of rare giant mouse lemurs was discovered in southwestern Madagascar's Ranobe forest, in an area threatened by mining concessions, WWF said today. "Last year during a night survey monitoring biodiversity along the gallery forest of Ranobe near Toliara...Charlie Gardner and Loui

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Tiny T. Rex Ancestors Achieved World Domination

Tiny T. Rex Ancestors Achieved World Domination

"Southern Tyrant" dinosaur fossil proves early tyrannosaurs lived worldwide. Tiny T. rex relatives once dominated the globe, a new tyrannosaur fossil reveals. The pint-size predator, found in what is now Victoria, Australia, is the first Tyrannosaurus rex ancestor unearthed in the Southern

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