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Chimpanzees have their own language — and scientists just learned how they put "words" together

Few animals appear to be able to communicate with a range as complex and intricate as humans. Those language skills may exist in a limited capacity in our nearest evolutionary neighbors, the great apes, many of whom have been trained to communicate via sign language by human researchers. Yet while sign language is communicated physically, researchers did not believe that great apes possessed their own comparable, complex spoken language.
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Dragonhunters are a Rare Species Found in Indiana

If you have never heard of a Dragonhunter, you're not alone. Before this morning, when my friend tagged me in a comment on Facebook, I had never heard of one either and despite the scary-looking creature in the photo my friend was drawing my attention to, it turns out it isn't quite so scary after all - at least not for humans.
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Why we should all love wasps

Wasps have always had a bad press. But Dr Seirian Sumner, who has spent her life studying them, argues they are sophisticated, socially complex and essential to the environment. In The Wasp Woman, a 1959 B-movie directed by Roger Corman, the owner of a failing cosmetics company becomes the test...
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We identified the 63 animals most likely to go extinct by 2041. We can't give up on them yet

It feels a bit strange to publish a paper that we want proved wrong – we have identified the 63 Australian birds, mammals, fish, frogs and reptiles most likely to go extinct in the next 20 years. Australia’s extinction record is abysmal, and we felt the best way to stop it was to identify the species at greatest risk, as they require the most urgent action. Leading up to this paper, we worked with conservation biologists and managers from around the country to publish research on the species closest to extinction within each broad group of animals. Birds and mammals...
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Sinosauropteryx

Sinosauropteryx were prominent in the Cretaceous and Jurassic periods. This post may contain affiliate links to our partners like Chewy, Amazon, and others. Purchasing through these helps us further the A-Z Animals mission to educate about the world's species.. Sinosauropteryx Pictures. View all of our Sinosauropteryx pictures in the gallery.
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Red-headed woodpecker less common than its kin

Some readers asked for help in determining the identity of some birds that they have encountered. I tried to offer some insight into each query. First, Lynda Carter in the Lamar community of Washington County emailed me recently with a question about a possible sighting of a red-headed woodpecker. “I...
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Asian elephant mom carries dead calf for weeks, new eye-opening videos reveal

Asian elephants, like their African cousins, seem to mourn their dead, sometimes even carrying their lost infants in their trunks for days or weeks, new research finds. Whether elephants understand death in the same way humans do is unknown — and probably unknowable. But Asian elephants (Elephas maximus) are social creatures, and the new research adds to the evidence that they experience some sort of emotional response when they lose one of their own.
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Phorusrhacos

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Arctotherium

The first fossil from the genus Arctotherium was discovered back in 1852. This post may contain affiliate links to our partners like Chewy, Amazon, and others. Purchasing through these helps us further the A-Z Animals mission to educate about the world's species.. View all of the Arctotherium images!. Arctotherium is...
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A family of termites has been traversing the world's oceans for millions of years

Termites are a type of cockroach that split from other cockroaches around 150 million years ago and evolved to live socially in colonies. Today, there are many different kinds of termites. Some form large colonies with millions of individuals, which tend to live in connected tunnels in the soil. Others, including most species known as drywood termites, form much smaller colonies of less than 5,000 individuals, and live primarily in wood.
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Elephants Sniff, Carry, And Kick Their Dead In Youtube Videos Analyzed By Scientists

Scientists are now scouring YouTube videos to crowdsource the interactions of Asian elephants and their response to death. Elephants are emotionally intelligent animals known to display grief at the loss of herd mates, and scientists have previously documented wild African elephants taking interest in the bones of their deceased. However,...
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