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22

Oct

Humans are part of the taxonomic family Hominidae, along with the other great apes — making them our closest cousins. But you probably already knew that. Take this quiz to find out what you don’t know!

Humans are part of the taxonomic family Hominidae, along with the other great apes — making them our closest cousins. But you probably already knew that. Take this quiz to find out what you don’t know!

21

Oct

5 ways you can help pit bulls (and 1 involves extremely cute puppy photos)
Oct. 25 is National Pit Bull Awareness Day, and there are many ways you can get involved.

Two-thirds of all predatory fish have disappeared in the last centuryA recent study finds that industrialized fishing is mostly to blame for the shocking population collapse.

Two-thirds of all predatory fish have disappeared in the last century
A recent study finds that industrialized fishing is mostly to blame for the shocking population collapse.

Meet the pangolin: This adorable, endangered creature needs a PR makeoverAll 8 species of pangolin are in decline due to illegal trade, but conservationists hope to save them by softening the scaly animal’s image.

Meet the pangolin: This adorable, endangered creature needs a PR makeover
All 8 species of pangolin are in decline due to illegal trade, but conservationists hope to save them by softening the scaly animal’s image.

Meet Momo, the dog that hides in plain sight
This border collie has the ability to disappear into his surroundings, which makes for a fun game of hide-and-seek for his fans.

20

Oct

10 super creatures trying to take over the worldThese organisms offer a window into extreme adaptation — and bolsters the adage: That which doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.

10 super creatures trying to take over the world
These organisms offer a window into extreme adaptation — and bolsters the adage: That which doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.

Puppy-sized spider surprises and scares scientistDespite 2-inch fangs, barb-like hair and venom, the spider doesn’t pose much of a threat to humans.

Puppy-sized spider surprises and scares scientist
Despite 2-inch fangs, barb-like hair and venom, the spider doesn’t pose much of a threat to humans.

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migaloo, one of only two known all white humpback whales, was photographed off the northern coast of new south wales as he made his annual migration north from antarctica. migaloo lost claim to being the only all white humpback in 2011, when an all white calf was spotted in these waters. most believe migaloo, now 35, to be the father. though often described as albino, migaloo has brown eyes and is more likely leucistic or hypopigmented. 

photos by (click pic) jenny dean, jonas liebschner and ray alley

19

Oct

How to survive a bear attackWith bear attacks on the rise in many parts of the world, here’s a look at how to meet a black, brown or polar bear and come out alive.

How to survive a bear attack
With bear attacks on the rise in many parts of the world, here’s a look at how to meet a black, brown or polar bear and come out alive.