The Top 10 Science Stories of 2016
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6 Downsides of Human Evolution
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Oldest Evidence of Birds’ Voice Box Found in Antarctica
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Researchers Reclassify Itsy-Bitsy, Prehistoric “Beardogs”
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What Can Urban Wildlife Teach Us About Pollution?
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We Thought There Was One Giraffe Species—But There Are Four
According to a study of the spotted giant’s DNA published today, Giraffa camelopardalis isn't alone.... READ ON
5 Slithering Differences Between Snakes and Legless Lizards
If a limbless reptile crosses your path, it’s obviously a snake, right? Maybe not.... READ ON
Fig Pollination Is Incredible (And Probably Results In You Eating Mummified Wasps)
The fruit and its wasp have been evolving together for millions of years.... READ ON
Cooperative Living May Speed Up Ant Evolution
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11 Naturally Selected Facts About the Galápagos Islands
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Hot, Humid Weather May Have Helped Shape Human Noses
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How Cyanobacteria Created (and Nearly Destroyed) Life on Earth
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Research Sheds Light on the Connection Between Fingers and Fins
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Big Question
Why Does Reading in the Car Make You Feel Queasy?
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An Orangutan in Indianapolis Has Learned to Ape Human Speech
Rocky’s ability to reproduce human-like noises contradicts the idea that apes can only ever use the sounds they’ve always used.... READ ON
Scientist Says Our Oldest Ancestor May Have Been Only ‘Half Alive’
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The Gideons, who went on to place millions of Bibles in hotels, prisons, hospitals and military bases, first did so at the Superior Hotel in Iron Mountain, Montana, in 1908.

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