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Decline and Fall
The Most Successful Single Colonist
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Want Fries With That?
San Joaquin kit foxes living in urban areas are taking on a distinctly human diet, according to a new study. Scientists working in Bakersfield, California, chemically analyzed fox fur and found that, compared with foxes in more rural habitats, city animals seem to have a diet richer in corn products, probably from corn syrup. That is, they’re eating a lot of junk food.
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Flight? Not an option; this bird had a bizarre wing that ended with an enlarged and thickened "hand" bone.
Fight? It must have, say researchers at Yale and the Smithsonian Institution. The bird's wings were hinged so that the massive hand bone could be flung at a target, like nunchucks. Fossilized Xenicibis hand bones show evidence of combat trauma. Other birds hit enemies with their wings, but "no animal has ever evolved anything quite like this," says Nicholas Longrich of Yale.