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What snakes lack in legs they make up for with strange body manipulations

An elongated spine is just as useful as a pair of arms and legs.<p>Do a quick search for “snakes” in the news and you’ll find people terrified, bitten or, sadly, killed by these creatures. Many of us fear their slithering ways and researchers have found evidence which suggests that humans have evolved …


The unforeseen consequences of killing ‘prize’ animals

That it’s possible to kill a few select animals without causing much population-level harm is a tenet of wildlife management, guiding everything from …


Even small changes within an ecosystem can have detrimental effects

A mutualistic relationship between species in an ecosystem allows for the ecosystem to thrive, but the lack of this relationship could lead to the …


The Paradox of the Elephant Brain

The most interesting possibility to me, however, is that the African elephant might not have all the prefrontal neurons in the cerebral cortex that …