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The past is often portrayed as a Pandora's Box of terrifying monsters. But while many palaeontologists reject this stereotype, the scientists behind the newly-discovered marine worm Websteroprion armstrongi have decided to embrace it. It turns out this Palaeozoic prince of darkness, which roamed the seas roughly 400-million-years-ago, has a pretty metal origin story.

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The population of forest elephants in Gabon's Minkébé National Park — one of Central Africa's largest and most important nature preserves — has declined by a whopping 81.5 per cent since 2004 due to poaching. It's considered a major setback for the preservation of this endangered species, of which less than 100,000 remain in the wild.

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The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America has announced its 2016 Nebula Award nominees — honouring the best works of sci-fi and fantasy published in the US — as well as its Bradbury (for dramatic presentation, with Westworld cracking the film-heavy category) and Norton (for YA works) nominees.