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Wild Things: Wildcats, Pigeons and More...

Cleaner wrasse fish, black widow spiders and even bananas made the news recently as part of the latest wildlife research

Banana Splits

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People have cultivated bananas for 6,500 years or more, probably starting in New Guinea. How did the fruit take the world by storm? Using genetics, archaeology and linguistics, scientists led by Australia’s Monash University say a big step was the banana’s journey to Africa 2,500 years ago.

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