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In 'Rise Of Animals,' Sir David Attenborough Tells Story Of Vertebrates

The 89-year-old British naturalist's two-part special explores fossil evidence on how evolution moved past bugs and worms and trilobites, and how the Chinese are helping fill gaps in that knowledge.
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At Long Last, Taxidermied Hyenas In Chicago Get Their Own Diorama

After years tucked away in the Reptile Hall at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, four striped taxidermied hyenas are finally getting their own diorama.
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Missing Link Microbes May Help Explain How Single Cells Became Us

Near a field of deep sea vents between Norway and Greenland, scientists discovered the DNA of microbes that seem to be primitive archaea, but with a lot more genes — typical of complicated creatures.
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'Tales' Of Pig Intelligence, Factory Farming And Humane Bacon

Journalist Barry Estabrook wanted to know more about the animal and its journey from the farm to his plate. In a new book, he explores the dichotomies of the industry that's raising our pork chops.
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Georgia Tech Studies Chickens' Emotions Based On Their Clucks

When a chicken speaks, it's hard to tell whether it's a happy or sad cluck. That's what a research team at Georgia Tech is trying to decipher by recording more than 1,000 hours of chickens clucking.
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Tyson Foods To Stop Giving Chickens Antibiotics Used By Humans

Antibiotic use is falling out of fashion in the poultry industry. Tyson Foods, the biggest poultry producer in the U.S., says it will stop feeding its birds human-use antibiotics in two years.
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Don't Trust The Goats; Their Ticks Could Make You Sick

A goat is host to bacteria. A tick visits the goat, picks up bacteria and spreads them to a human. And the bacteria turn out to cause a previously undiscovered disease.
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These Animals Might Go Extinct Because No One Wants To Eat Them

Many species have gone extinct because humans hunted them into oblivion for their meat. But there's another group of animals that are endangered because we've lost interest in breeding them.
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Return Of Horses A Sign Of Spring On Michigan Island

Over the next two months, more than 300 draft and riding horses will be transported by ferry to Mackinac Island.
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Picky Pollinator Finds Maryland Less Positive For Procreation

The insect in question is the Baltimore checkerspot, and there are only 11 wild colonies left, all in the state's western end.

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