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Super Designs in Amazing Animals, Part I

Animals of all kinds, sizes and shapes have mastered physical principles in astonishing ways.

Unusual Fossils Call for Unusual Explanations

Some recent fossil finds require creative storytelling, but the science is the data –not the story.

More Tangled Branches that Confound Darwinian Trees

Darwin's branching "tree of life" diagram made for a nice, simple, easy-to-understand, convenient myth. It has sent scientists on a wild tree chase ever since.

Little Bugs with Mighty Powers

Bugs so small you could step on them, but if we were their size, we could never do what they do.

How Long Does Geology Take?

Geological change can occur quickly, if conditions are right, affecting life and civilization.

Secret Animal Hideouts

Small animals can hide out in secret places, even in your own home.

Is Animal Play Just an Evolutionary Survival Mechanism?

Yes, your dog enjoys play, say biologists, and so do birds, dolphins and many other kinds of animals. How did "having fun" evolve?

Animals Overcome Limitations of Physics

The limits of human engineering have been overcome by animals in surprising ways worth imitating.

Surprises in Evolutionary Tales

From spiders to crocodiles, animals rarely evolved the way they should have.

Animal Physics: Shocking but True

Geckos cling with electricity, and electric fish have shocking genes – just samples of recent reports about how animals master laws of physics.

New Amazing Animal Discoveries

From spiders to mammals, the living world never ceases to amaze us with new wonders. Some are inspiring new technologies.

Wonderful Lives

Biologists continue to find unexpected wonders in living things.

Spiders Can Cross Oceans

Why did the spider cross the ocean? To colonize the Old World after it "originated" in the New World.
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