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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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Revving leopards, moonlit elephants, roaring lions: A few field notes from my week with the WildEarth.TV team as part of #SafariLive and #BigCatWeek!

(http://www.earthtouchnews.com/in-the-field/in-the-field/a-live-safari-so-real-you-can-almost-smell-the-leopard-urine
A day out in the field with the WildEarth crew is all about celebrating the African bush as we find it: wild, unpredictable, and capable of both vibrant beauty and everyday danger.
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African painted dogs have surprisingly peaceful social structures. But if you're prey, they will gut you. #safarilive   #bigcatweek  
When people think of the animals of Africa, they worry about getting crushed by elephants or chased across the savannah by a pride of lions. Maybe they fea
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Sympathy For Vampires
How many of you have vampires on your mind this Halloween? Nature is full of blood-sucking vampires (>14000 species), but they are not immuned to be attacked by vampires of their own. In this article, +Jason Bittel interviewed a group of scientists (including myself) about nature's own vampires, vampires of vampires (hypervampires?) and even vampire hunters. Perhaps a few of those will give you some costume ideas for this Halloween...
If vampire bats and blood-drinking moths are scary, meet their parasites.
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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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Trust me, you won't have to talk politics this holiday season if you simply bring up electroejaculation. 

http://www.slate.com/blogs/wild_things/2015/12/23/electroejaculation_helps_endangered_species_reproduce.html
There may be no species closer to the black brink of extinction than the largest freshwater turtle on Earth, the Yangtze giant softshell. Only four of thes
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This should go without saying but... please don't buy someone a potentially endangered reptile this Christmas. 
Scientists discover an expansive network of tortoise poachers in Asia.
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Bat poop is a matter of life and death for cave critters. My latest for +OnEarth Magazine! #bats  
Bat poop sustains entire ecosystems in places where they wouldn’t exist otherwise. So when bats go, many cave-dwellers go with them.
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Happy Halloween! 
Ticks, leeches, mosquitoes, vampire bats—when it comes to creatures that live by the vein, these are the usual suspects. But what if I told you there was a little blood-slurping birdy more diabolical than all of those guys put together? Scientists call it Geospiza difficilis, but you can call it...
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