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Katydids in South America have lost the ability to fly
but have evolved the highest pitch call in nature.



The story didn't interest me as much as the picture (google: pareidolia).
It reminded me of the movie "The Fly"


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And I thought I had some bad dates


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Brains of humans and insects are strikingly similar

This story kind of made me wonder,
why don't we find more Evolution Deniers ... trapped in spider webs?


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Preserved in amber: a spider attacking a wasp captured in its web ...
100 million years ago.




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Enslaved ants rebel against their masters




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Ever wondered what an insect looked like ... 300 million years ago?




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A new family of spider has been discovered




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Fascinating story of interspecies dependency and competition




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Land Animals


Creationists would rather commit hara-kiri
than admit that humans evolved from apelike mammals.
But after reading the story below,
I think it's the chimps who should be offended ...

at being compared to humans

And I don't even want to try to imagine
how bad the chimps would have humiliated Creationists.


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Extinction of the world's megafauna has often been blamed on climate change.

So who is really to blame?

Yep, the usual suspects ... humans


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African "drongos" (black birds) imitate dozens of different warning sounds

to trick animals into abandoning their food


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You won't believe how smart this crow is (3:19)




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Genesis 3:16 - To the woman He said,
"I will greatly multiply your pain in childbirth, in pain you will bring forth children ...."

I think a Hyena must have stolen fruit from God's favorite tree


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Altruism in Meerkats

What an embarrassment for Objectivists: even lowly Meerkats ... get it.


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"To death ... do us part"

If you're looking for loyalty, here's the champ - they put humans to shame.




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An eagle ... fishing (2:52)




Now - imagine if this eagle met this guy ...

Fish leaps out of African lake and snags a bird in flight

Place your bets lady and gentlemen.

I have my suspicions about the validity of the second video,
which brings up an interesting side note:

Many years ago, a magazine that I trusted "Discover"
ran a story about "Hotheads."
They were carnivorous mole rats who gathered beneath people and animals
who were traversing thin ice in the arctic.
The group could produce enough heat with their heads
(hence the term "Hotheads")
to melt the ice and deliver their dinner to them.

It turned out to be an April Fools prank.
But they didn't bother to note that after the story.
Based on all the incredible things that I've learned about the animal world
(like the bird-catching fish above),
I tended to accept even bizarre stories when they were from reputable sources.

It was quite embarrassing to find out later that I had been fooled.

Hotheads


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The "Einstein" of parrots has passed away (2:40)




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Here's one birdbrain who is a lot smarter than some human birdbrains.




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Terror bird may have been a herbivore




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Introducing the first new carnivore
to be discovered in the Western Hemisphere in 35 years




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Why it won't be so easy to regenerate limbs like salamanders do.




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And the winner of the 2012 biggest "Duh" research award is ...

Captive animals show signs of boredom


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Marine Life



The more science delves into the intelligence of animals ...
the smarter we find that they are.
What's the latest animal to be removed from the moron list?

Crocodiles


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This video will test your gag reflex (2:35)




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Sea slugs exhibit cognitive ability.




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Discovery of a century-old penguin study shocks scientists.
They exhibited many of the same criminally sexual behaviors found in police stories.

Perverted Penguins

I thought the most interesting part was when they discussed the fact that it was not published in order to "preserve decency." How does hiding the truth about animal behavior preserve human decency? Your guess is as good as mine. Besides, since WW1 began the next year, I would offer that human decency could only go in one direction - even if it mimicked penguins.


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Imagine an intelligent alien with a brain that is distributed throughout its many arms. Well that alien lives right here on Earth ... right now.




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Men can store their sperm, thus giving life after they are gone

Guppies can do the same thing ... without all the technology


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Salmon are amazing creatures




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Science proves the Bible wrong again.



The existence of the hydra is scientific proof
that Jesus Christ is not the only path to eternal life.


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No, this is not a menu. These crabs see in ultraviolet light.




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