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The 'Prehistoric Beaver' That Helped Mammals Inherit Earth

Sixty six million years ago the world changed in an instant. A huge asteroid, some ten kilometers in diameter, smashed into what is now Mexico. It arrived with the force of several million nuclear bombs, and unleashed a deadly cocktail of wildfires, tsunamis, earthquakes, and volcanoes.

This Courting Bird Has More Dance Moves Than John Travolta

When they’re courting, male Carola’s Parotia put on one hell of a show. Whenever this bird-of-paradise from New Guinea gets females to visit his painstakingly-prepared display court, he runs through six specific dance moves, each of which has to be performed well, and in the right order, to convince a female he’s a worthy mate.

Beautiful Footage Of Jellyfish Reveal Why They're So Awesome

Jellyfish don’t have a brain or a heart or blood and can’t see or hear and yet they have managed to stick around in our oceans for 600 million years and have survived five mass extinctions. These drifting blobs are awesome and especially awesome to look at. Deep Look examines why.

Costa Rica: Stay Away From Our Sea Turtles, You Terrible Humans 

Last week, we learned that thousands of selfie-snapping garbage humans drove hundreds of thousands of olive ridley sea turtles away from their nesting grounds in Costa Rica. But the turtles are back and this time, the Costa Rican government isn’t messing around.

Bats Eating With Nectar-Pumping Tongues Are Weirdly Cool

Most nectar-eating bats hover in front of flowers and lap like crazy to shovel high-calorie goodness down their throats. But when some species of South American leaf-nosed bats cosy up to a flower, they just stick their tongues in and leave them there. They’re eating, but their tongues don’t seem to be moving at all. It’s weird.

Climate Change Killed Earth's Crocodilians And It Could Bring Them Back, Too

A diverse clan of fearsome crocodilians once roamed the entire planet. Today, only 23 species remain in a handful of locales worldwide. We’ve all heard tales of the giant asteroid that did in the dinosaurs, but the demise of the crocodilians was far less dramatic. The crocs were picked off quietly, as our planet cooled off and dried up over the course of millions of years.

Sharks Can Sense Electricity, And That Might Save Them From Extinction

Anyone who has ever gone fishing knows that you don’t always catch what you’re trying to catch. In industrial fishing, that problem is called “bycatch,” and it can have grave consequences.

Let's Talk About Mantis Shrimp Fight Club

The fearsome mantis shrimp has many fascinating attributes, most notably its powerful hammer-like rounded claws — technically known as “raptorial appendages” — that it uses to crack open the hard shells of its favoured prey (clams and crabs) and to ward off predators. And now it seems they use them as weapons against each other, smacking rivals for prime territory on their tiny shrimp butts should they dare to trespass on an occupied burrow. Just call it Mantis Shrimp Fight Club.

Watch Deadly Animals Attack In Slow Motion

Chomp! Snatch! Snap! Attack. Here is a wonderful collection of killer animals from BBC Earth Unplugged showing the animals’ unique attacking methods attacking in slow motion. You’ll see owls and crocs and chameleons and praying mantises and others go through their specialty in all its detail. I think the chameleon is my favourite and the crocs makes me the most scared.

Thanks To PETA, The Monkey Selfie Controversy Will Never End 

PETA, the same organisation that launched a bogus porn site and hates humans, is getting embroiled in one of the most click-baiting copyright battles of the century: The case of the monkey selfie.

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