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Wormlike amphibians called caecilians may have evolved venomous teeth long before the first snakes crawled the Earth.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

A new song type originated in western Canada and then spread East, replacing the sparrows’ traditional song.

Nala Rogers, Staff Writer

Close up image of rust-colored fox, taken from above, as the animal looks into the camera

Some evidence suggests that foxes may be trying to domesticate themselves.

Joel Shurkin, Contributor

Hummingbirds can distinguish blends of color that we see as ordinary hues.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

Monkeys’ reactions to computer-generated videos suggest they, like humans, suffer from the creepy “uncanny valley” effect.

Joshua Learn, Contributor

A month’s worth of cool science stories, summed up

Alistair Jennings, Contributor

Narwhal vocalizations are not well understood, but Inuit whale hunters helped scientists get close enough to listen.

Meredith Fore, Contributor

For years, people believed that royal jelly contained the secret to making queen bees. Turns out it’s simply the amount of food.

Katharine Gammon, Contributor

A new paper shows lobsters create sounds that travel more than a mile.

Katharine Gammon, Contributor

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