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  • The head of a snake with black and tan speckling and red eyes. A blurry snail shell is in its jaws.

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    New Species of Snail-sucking Snakes Discovered

    June 14, 2018

    New research led by the American Museum of Natural History has uncovered five new species of snakes in Ecuador and Peru with peculiar dining etiquette: they suck the viscous bodies of snails out of their shells. 

  • Nearly 100 purple-stained pill-shaped malaria parasites swarm across a white background
  • A photo of a large, beige slab of rock with different areas of pattern and texture.

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    Fossil Misidentified Twice is Actually a Fish

    April 16, 2018

    A fossil slab discovered in Kansas 70 years ago and twice misidentified—first as a green alga and then as a cephalopod—has been reinterpreted as the preserved remains of a large cartilaginous fish, the group that includes sharks and rays.

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    Unseen Oceans Opens at the American Museum of Natural History

    March 12, 2018

    In the American Museum of Natural History’s new exhibition Unseen Oceans, visitors will embark on a journey that takes them from the oceans’ sunlit surfaces to their inky depths as they discover the latest ocean science and encounter the researchers and technologies that are revealing our blue planet as never before. 

  • A photo of a small brown leech on a green leaf

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    Tracking Endangered Mammals with Leeches

    February 27, 2018

    A broad survey conducted across southern Asia reinforces the idea that the mammal biodiversity of an area can be determined by looking at the DNA found in leeches’ blood meals.

  • A life-cycle-like image of two microbes merging, out of which a blue fish emerges and circles back to eat the microbes

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    Model Predicts Which Organisms are Capable of Phagocytosis

    February 20, 2018

    A team of American Museum of Natural History researchers has created a computational model capable of predicting whether or not organisms have the ability to “eat” other cells through a process known as phagocytosis.

  • Colorful illustrations of a number of animals eating including a panda, tiger, seal, sea lion, raccoon, and bat.

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    Study Punctures "You Are What You Eat" Paradigm for Carnivore Skull Shape

    February 7, 2018

    From dogs to seals to cats, members of the mammalian order Carnivora can vary greatly from one species to another. But for the most part, their skulls all tend to take on some variant of just a few shapes—a pattern scientists have long attributed to shared diets. New research led by the American Museum of Natural History and the University at Buffalo reveals that the evolution of skull shape in this group is actually much more complex and is influenced by nondietary factors.

  • Profile of a cheetah head on black background. A yellow arrow pointing to the cheetah's ear has two bones on it marked 126,000 and 2 million years ago

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    Cheetahs' Inner Ear is One-of-a-Kind

    February 2, 2018

    The world’s fastest land animal, the cheetah, is a successful hunter not only because it is quick, but also because it can hold an incredibly still gaze while pursuing prey. For the first time, researchers have investigated the cheetah’s extraordinary sensory abilities by analyzing the speedy animal’s inner ear, an organ that is essential for maintaining body balance and adapting head posture during movement in most vertebrates.

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