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Colossal Ancient Geese Were Fighters, Not Fliers

Colossal Ancient Geese Were Fighters, Not Fliers

Research proves that this species of giant extinct geese used its wings to battle over territory — rather than for flying. Garganornis ballmanni weighed up to 50lbs and stood at nearly 5ft in...

Deep-sea Shark Boasts 25 Sets of Needlepoint Teeth

Deep-sea Shark Boasts 25 Sets of Needlepoint Teeth

With its frilled gills, layered needle-point teeth, snake-like appearance, and quick-striking abilities, this shark is one of the most engrossing creatures of the deep sea. Chlamydoselachus anguineus, most commonly referred to as the...

Giant Beached Oarfish Predict Earthquakes

Giant Beached Oarfish Predict Earthquakes

Reports of oarfish turning up on shore have historically preceded earthquakes — leaving scientists pondering how some animals may be able to forecast the future. Regalecus glesne, or the oarfish, is the longest bony...

The Previously Undiscovered ‘Skywalker Primate’

The Previously Undiscovered ‘Skywalker Primate’

These primates have been studied for quite some time — but just recently were found to be a formerly unidentified species. Hoolock gibbons have been swinging through the trees of the tropical forests of...

Humans Help Dying Hwange Elephants

Humans Help Dying Hwange Elephants

Elephants are dying of heatstroke across the parched plains of Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park as conservationists fight to replenish water sources. The drought of 2015 began to raise concerns early in 2016 about...

Symbolic California Sequoia Tree Destroyed

Symbolic California Sequoia Tree Destroyed

One of California’s most symbolic drive-through sequoia trees was toppled by destructive winter weather last Sunday. The Calaveras Big Trees State Park is home to the oldest sequoia trees in the world, some...

Sun Spiders Saw Through Their Enemies

Sun Spiders Saw Through Their Enemies

These terrifying arachnids known as ‘sun spiders’ use powerful scissoring jaws to slowly devastate their prey. Solifuges are commonly referred to as ‘camel spiders’, or ‘sun spiders’ although they are most closely related...

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