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Think Man-Sized Swimming Centipede — And Be Glad It's A Fossil

This sea monster swam Earth's seas about 480 million years ago and was the biggest creature of its day, scientists say.

Correction To Monday's Story On Banned Snakes

Regarding new U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service rules, we said there's a ban on the sale of the reticulated python and 3 other snake species. The rules ban importation and interstate sales and transport.

The Accidental Hunter: For One Outdoorsman, Roadkill Is His Only Red Meat

When a car hits and kills a deer or other creature, Jeff Potter swoops in and recovers the meat, then feeds it to friends and family. No one has ever gotten sick, he says.

More Snakes Added To U.S. Banned Species List

After banning the importation and sale of Burmese pythons and similar species, federal officials are taking aim at boa constrictors and 4 species of anacondas. Breeders and retailers are hissing mad.

FDA Tests Turn Up Dairy Farmers Breaking The Law On Antibiotics

Random tests of milk reveal that a few farmers are treating dairy cows with antibiotics that aren't supposed to be used on them. The FDA is now considering tighter controls to prevent such practices.

Elephants Will Retire From Barnum And Bailey Circus

Elephants were part of the spectacle ever since an enterprising farmer encountered one of the country's first elephants.

This Just (Flew) In: The Formerly 'Extinct' Jerdon's Babbler

The sparrow-sized bird, native to Myanmar, hadn't been seen since 1941. But recently a team of scientists recorded its call and played it back, attracting more of the tan-colored subspecies.

These Tunes Are Music To Your Cats' Furry Ears

Composer David Teie's most recent compositions are catered to our feline friends. His music mimics purring, and might be just the thing to perk your cat up.

Could A Quokka Beat A Numbat? Oddsmakers Say Yes

In "Mammal March Madness," you win or die. No basketball in this tournament — it's a simulated survival-of-the-fittest game set up by evolutionary biologists. The battle cry? Mammals suck ... milk!

Animal-Rights Advocates Cheer End Of Elephants In Circus

NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Katherine Meyer, an attorney with the Wildlife Advocacy Project, about how animal advocates are celebrating the end of elephants in the Ringling Bros. circus.