Wild Things: Life as We Know It

Mosquitoes, New Zealand flightless birds, pink lizards and more

In a span of ten years, more than 1,000 species were discovered in Southeast Asia's Greater Mekong region. (Rene Ries)
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Giant moa
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Name: Moa, flightless birds (order Dinornithiformes) from New Zealand that went extinct hundreds of years ago.
High Life: Some species stood taller than nine feet and were believed to have feasted primarily on trees and shrubs.
Low Life: Some bent low to eat herbs, according to a new analysis of fossilized moa dung by researchers from New Zealand and Australia.
Balanced Life: Several of these plant species are now rare, perhaps in part because moas no longer spread their seeds around.
When two mosquitoes of opposite sex approach each other, they synchronize the beating of their wings to create a unique love song.
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