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Yoann Bourgeois / CCN2 – Celui qui tombe

A beautiful metaphor for life

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Slime-fighting slug can superglue enemy frogs to trees for days

After finding a tree frog stuck fast to a branch, biologists in Australia have discovered that a species of slug defends itself with extremely sticky mucus

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Wild black leopard photographed in Africa for first time in 100 years

Black leopards are very hard to spot in the wild. A photograph by Will Burrard-Lucas may be the first of the cat in Africa for 100 years

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Cassowaries’ strange headgear helps them stay cool in the heat

The unusual fin-shaped lumps on cassowaries’ heads help them shed heat in hot weather, suggesting a similar purpose for crests on dinosaurs

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Chimp sign language and human communication follow the same rules

Gestures used by chimpanzees to communicate with each other follow some of the same rules intrinsic to human language, according to a study of chimps in Uganda

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Controversial fossils suggest life began to move 2.1 billion years ago

Most biologists think lifeforms evolved the ability to move around about 600 million years ago – tiny burrows in 2.1-billion-year-old rocks challenge the idea

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Tyrannosaurus rex might have accidentally helped fruit grow

The king of the dinosaurs was a famed carnivore, but its diet of plant-eaters may have helped T. rex disperse fruit seeds over a wide area

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Crows can solve a tricky puzzle box by planning ahead and using tools

New Caledonian crows are some of the cleverest birds — they can plan several steps ahead while using tools to get food out of a series of puzzle boxes

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Bees can pass a simple maths test but they might just be cheating

A test appears to show that honeybees can do arithmetic, but there may be a simpler explanation for their success

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Mother sloth bear carrying babies takes on a big male tiger and wins

Claws were out and roars filled the air as a sloth bear had a face-off with a tiger in the northern Indian state of Rajasthan. The bear emerged victorious