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How to not get pricked by a North American porcupine
Don’t panic—this spiky friend is largely harmless.
This 120-million-year-old bird may have been one of the first to shake its tail feathers
The magpie-sized Yuanchuavis probably wasn’t a strong flyer, but it did dress to impress.
Schoolkids in New Zealand discovered a new species of giant penguin
The new fossil is one of the most intact specimens of giant penguins we have.
Cyclones can be fatal for seabirds, but not in the way you think
An analysis of puffins and other birds could explain mysterious mass die-offs.
11 views of the microscopic world in brilliant detail
Our favorites from the 2021 Nikon's Small World awards.
A rare humpback whale ‘megapod’ was spotted snacking off the Australian coast
The gobble gathering may also be a foreboding sign of climate change.
This ancient ‘mothership’ used probing ‘fingers’ to scrape the ocean floor for prey
The newly reported species might have used its giant carapace and fingerlike claws to scour the seafloor.
New fossil reveals a fearsome shark-toothed dinosaur
The new dino was five times bigger than local tyrannosaurs and the first to be discovered in Central Asia.
Surprise: Ants have teeth. Here’s how they keep them sharp.
Biology and materials science, in alliance, have discovered how zinc atoms harden an ant’s tooth.
We finally know what turns cats into tabbies
The gene had eluded researchers for years.