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The now-extinct gibbon was buried with the grandmother of China’s first emperor and her many pets.

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Koko the Signing Gorilla Dies at 46

By Shawna Williams | June 21, 2018

The primate was famous for her ability to communicate with humans.

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Deadly Wasting Syndrome Genetically Altered Sea Stars: Study

By Sukanya Charuchandra | June 19, 2018

The surviving animals may have evolved genes that provided an advantage in fighting the disease.  

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Pancreatic Cell Size Negatively Relates to Lifespan in Mammals

By Sukanya Charuchandra | June 19, 2018

Species with larger pancreatic cells tend to have shorter lives, according to a study.  

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Organic Compounds Found in Martian Soil

By Sukanya Charuchandra | June 11, 2018

Researchers also found seasonal variations in atmospheric methane on the planet that may have a geological or biological origin.  

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Divergent human lineages of North America intermingled before setting off to establish populations of Central and South America.  

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Proposed changes to the state’s school science standards would emphasize that parts of the theory are “not proven.”

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image: Present-Day Arboreal Birds Have Ground-Dwelling Past

Present-Day Arboreal Birds Have Ground-Dwelling Past

By Sukanya Charuchandra | May 24, 2018

A mass extinction event from an asteroid hitting Earth wiped out forests and, concurrently, tree-dwelling birds.  

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What Made Human Brains So Big?

By Ashley Yeager | May 24, 2018

Ecological challenges such as finding food and creating fire may have led the organ to become abnormally large, a new computer model suggests.

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image: Lizards’ Green Blood Evolved Four Times

Lizards’ Green Blood Evolved Four Times

By Kerry Grens | May 16, 2018

The uncommon hue is present in skinks that aren’t closely related, but the advantage of the odd trait remains anyone’s guess.  

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