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A Mystery Brain Condition Is Making Bears Friendly, Then Killing Them

A Mystery Brain Condition Is Making Bears Friendly, Then Killing Them

A black bearPhoto: Robert F. Bukaty (AP) An unknown neurological condition is sickening and often killing young black bears in California and Nevada. The illness also seems to make the bears unafraid of people. Though the condition doesn’t appear to be severely harming the bear population at large, scientists and wildlife officials are still trying …

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Weirdo Manta Shark Found Fossilized in Mexican Limestone

Weirdo Manta Shark Found Fossilized in Mexican Limestone

The exceptionally weird Late Cretaceous shark Aquilolamna milarcae.Illustration: Vullo et al., Science (2021) Paleontologists have announced the discovery of an extraordinary fossil shark in Mexico. They describe Aquilolamna milarcae, a Late Cretaceous shark that was wider than it was long, with an oddly slender pair of pectoral fins. This shark, far from a ferocious biter, …

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