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(Kenji Matsuura)

Wild Things: Life as We Know It

Flight of the hummingbird, termite cloning and the rise of the octopus

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Lizards on Greek islands
(Maura McCarthy)
Lizards on Greek islands with venomous snakes shed their tails more often than lizards on snake-free islands, according to a University of Michigan-led team. It seems the threat of being injected in the tail with venom leads lizards to sacrifice the appendage—a life-preserving act—when any predator (or researcher) clamps on.

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