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A Komodo dragon still, with a deer in the background.

Komodo dragons outlived their giant reptile peers through isolation and some lucky breaks, although cannibalism and virgin births may have helped.

Joshua Learn, Contributor

Researchers find that membranes may have helped the building blocks of life come together.

Sofie Bates, Contributor

Microbiologists are debating how a group of ancient microbes fits into the emergence of the first complex organisms.

Valerie Brown, Contributor

They have multiple copies of a gene that causes mutated cells to commit suicide.

Nala Rogers, Staff Writer

Decades of observation and research suggest zebras may use their stripes for temperature regulation, among other functions.

Joshua Learn, Contributor

Female convict cichlid fish turned from optimists to pessimists when separated from their chosen partners.

Nala Rogers, Staff Writer

New study reveals how baby hoatzin birds are able to move like four-legged animals, thanks to unique claws on their wings.

Nala Rogers, Staff Writer

Scientists observe intense matchmaking behaviors from bonobo mothers on behalf of their sons.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

Newly defined species that lived 90 million years ago represents a chimera -- or even the crab family's platypus, researchers say.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

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