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Woodpeckers are savage af. Some of the wildest nature footage I've seen in a while. Viewer discretion advised! 
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Happy Halloween! Here are some real-world monsters, from graboids to Demogorgons. My latest for +Smithsonian Magazine
Face-unfurling, chest-exploding, zombie-making fiends: They're all around us
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My latest for +OnEarth Magazine!
The Lacey Act has been kicking butt and taking names for more than 100 years.
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When you're trying to save a critically endangered species, the ends justify the maggots.
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The itsy bitsy spider... has a lightning-fast bite like a venomous bear trap. 
This just in: Scientists have discovered that several species of spider have power-amplified jaws that snap shut like a venomous bear trap.
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Pseudoscorpions: Probably on your bookshelf right now.
According to a study published last week, your house could be home to more than 500 different kinds of insects, spiders, and other arthropods. That mea ...
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Nice post! Lots of fascinating info on pseudoscorpions. Thanks!
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As you de-ice your steps and driveways, consider this -- Road salt can change little girl tadpoles into little boy tadpoles. And that ain't good for frog populations.

https://www.nrdc.org/onearth/road-salt-sex-change-how-deicing-messes-tadpole-biology
Road salt can cause deformities, impact survival rates, and even switch female tadpoles into males.
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Someday we'll learn to manage predators with science rather than emotion, but today is not that day. My latest for onEarth!
That’s the opposite of conservation (and a recipe for extinction).
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I've never heard from so many scientists so pissed off about a study. My latest for +National Geographic!
A researcher in Russia claims to have evidence that dolphins can use words and sentences, but marine mammal experts remain unconvinced.
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Go rooting around in your family tree and you might just find out your ancestors were whaling ship captains. Especially awkward when you work for the World Wildlife Fund. My latest for +OnEarth Magazine!
As climate change and potential oil drilling threaten our northern seas, John Morrison is helping to carve out biodiversity hotspots for conservation.
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There is a difference!
“Are there any poisonous snakes around here?” a friend asked me while on a camping trip in Pennsylvania. There are no poisonous snakes here, I replied, ...
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Pterosaurs were crazy-diverse sky beasts.
At the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, there’s no way to miss the Tyrannosaurs. The museum’s curators have constructed a scene in which t
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