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The Perfect Killer

Lions and white sharks are top-level predators, but compared to the superior hunter of the world of insects, they’re rank amateurs. Nature has made the dragonfly an efficient killing machine, whose sophisticated vision,…

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Meerkat Magic

Some of the magic moment of filming meerkats for the BBC’s Planet Earth Live.

Pond snails that consumed epicatechin found in chocolate developed long-term memories. Image: Kenneth Lukowiak

Snails improved their memory after “eating” chocolate

Turns out that flavonoids make snails smarter.

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A radiographer’s view of animals

A mutation in Taqpep converts a mackerel tabby pattern (upper) to a blotched tabby pattern (lower). Image courtesy of Helmi Flick

How the cheetah gets its spots

There may be a big difference in size, but cheetahs and tabby cats have things in common.

Myotis muricola from Kuningan, West Java. Otherwise known as the wall-roosting mouse-eared bat, it is a species of vesper bat. Image: Universiti Putra Malaysia

New bat species found in Malaysia

Misclassification of species suggests that there is need for a revision of the taxonomic status of muricola bats.

There are less than 3,000 tigers in the wild. Image: Shutterstock

Tigers on the brink of extinction

Tigers and humans try to coexist, but will we be able to save this endangered species?

The Icelandic horse is a "five-gaited" breed: it can walk, trot, canter/gallop, tölt and pace. Image: Wikimedia Commons

A single gene controls movement in vertebrates

Scientists have found that one gene is responsible for variability in locomotion in horses and mice.

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Dancing chromatophores

Music has the ability to get these pigmented cephalopod cells moving to the beat.

A tammar wallaby and her joey. The joey will remain in its mothers pouch for the first 200 days after its birth. Image: Shutterstock

Selective imprinting: how the wallaby controls the growth of its young

Many imprinted genes regulate growth and nutrient provisioning for the developing fetus.

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