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Cicadas Aren’t the Only Crazy Ones: Nature’s Most Bizarre Life Cycles | WIRED

The word 'unnatural' is often used to describe what's considered weird or unusual. But is anything weirder than nature?<p>Just look at 17-year cicadas, …

Planetary trio has ended. Where do the planets go next?

Jupiter, Venus and Mercury are no longer within a 5-degree circle. But you can still see all three in the west after sunset for a few more days.<p>The …

Isle of Wight wesserpeton amphibian discovered

<b>A tiny species of amphibian that lived alongside dinosaurs has been discovered on the Isle of Wight.</b><p>University of Portsmouth researchers say the wesserpeton fills a gap in the evolutionary history of a now-extinct group, the albanerpetontids.<p>The amphibian, nicknamed Wessie, was about the size of a …

Paleontology

These Are The 100 Most Endangered Species In The World

The most endangered species on the planet might come as a surprise.<p>From the spammily named BestCollegesOnline comes a pretty excellent interactive tool to check out the 100 most endangered species in the world--before they're gone. The list includes plants and fungi as well as animals, and you can …

Freed From a Glacier's Hold, Ancient Moss Grows Again

Moss that was frozen for centuries is now green and growing.<p><b>In one of nature's more astonishing never-say-die stories, clumps of frozen mosses that were entombed beneath an advancing glacier more than 400 years ago have revived.</b><p>The glacier is now retreating, exposing the mosses to air and sunlight …

Early bird called Dawn beat Archaeopteryx to worm by 10m years

A prehistoric beast the size of a pheasant has become a contender for the title of oldest bird to stalk the Earth.<p>The small, feathered "Dawn" bird …