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Badass Mountain Goat Kills Grizzly Bear in Canadian National Park

    File photo of a mountain goat in Yoho National Park.Bears are true apex predators, preying upon basically anything they want. If you mess wi…

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Two Bull Sharks Swam Up the Mississippi River All the Way to St. Louis

    A bull shark in Thailand in 2014.Bull sharks are coastal creatures, but at least two of the animals were able to make it as far inland as St…

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Something Wiped Out Nearly All Sharks 19 Million Years Ago, New Research Suggests

    A careful arrangement of shark scales, or dermal denticles.Scientists have stumbled upon a previously unknown extinction event that decimate…

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All the Animals American Men Think They Can Beat in a Fight and Why They Can't

    Some old timey dude preparing to lose a fight to a kangaroo in London in 1931.According to a YouGov poll released on Friday, some humans hav…

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Extinct Australian Crocodile Likely Ate 1,400-Pound Birds

    Conceptual image of the extinct Baru crocodile from prehistoric Australia.A re-examination of fossils from central Australia has led to the …

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Ancient Mesoamericans Kept and Bred Dangerous Predators 1000 Years Earlier Than We Thought

    When you see a lion, a tiger or a bear in a zoo, it’s easy to forget that people haven’t always so easily controlled big carnivores and ot…

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Nudibranchs, the Butterflies of the Sea, May Also Be Ruthless 'Kleptopredators'

    Wilfred Hdez, Flickr // CC BY 2.0There's nothing ruder than taking someone's food without asking—except maybe waiting until they&…

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In the shadow of the tiger, its co-predators are suffering

    The picture for sympatric or co-predators of the tiger in Indias forests is not as rosy as the big cats themselves, a new government report …

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Why do tigers have stripes?

    The human eye can process red, green and blue, so to us, a tiger looks orange (right). Deer can process only green and blue, which makes the…

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A Shark Tale: Are These Mighty Ocean Predators in Trouble?

    AdvertisementForget Jaws. The scariest thing about sharks is their tenuous future.Though often misperceived as villainous denizens of the de…

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Cuttlefish learn from watching potential prey even before they are born

    For humans, sight is the most important of senses but only after we are born. Within the womb, surrounded by fluid, muscle and darkness, vis…

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Sand dollars avoid predators by cloning themselves

    Many animals have cunning ways of hiding from predators. But the larva of the sand dollar takes that to an extreme - it avoids being spotted…

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Top 10 Predators

    A lion roars during feeding time at a zoo in Antalya, Turkey on Feb. 3, 2020.Mustafa Ciftci/Anadolu Agency via Getty ImagesPredation certain…

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Eavesdropping songbirds get predator intel from overheard calls

    Humans are a funny lot. While we seem to be relentless voyeurs, we generally frown on eavesdropping as an invasion of privacy. But in the an…

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Neck-breaking, disembowelling, constricting and fishing - the violent world of raptors

    The role of Velociraptor's infamous claw has received much attention from scientists ever since they clicked their way across a movie k…

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Crickets forewarn their offspring about predators before they're born

    Mothers can teach their children much about the world, but some mothers can do it without ever meeting their young. Take the field cricket G…

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Duck-billed dinosaur defended itself by outgrowing predators

    A good defence was a vital part of life in the Cretaceous. Plant-eaters needed effective ways of warding off the crushing jaws of Tyrannosau…

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The snake that eats toads to steal their poison

    Many animals use poisonous secretions to protect themselves from predators. But poisons are complex chemicals and can take a lot of energy t…

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Parasites outweigh top predators and castrators do best of all

    To a science-fiction filmmaker, the concept of being controlled by unseen forces is creative gold, but for the rest of us, it's a fairl…

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Shark-hunting harms animals at bottom of the food chain

    On the surface, plummeting populations of sharks do not seem like much cause for concern for humans or, for that matter, other sea life. But…

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'Disco clam' lights up to scare pr

    WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA—The bright,  orange-lipped “disco clam” (Ctenoides ales) became a phenom last year when researchers learned tha…

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Food for seals and other Arctic predators is

    Ringed seal. Credit: Marie Auger-MéthéUnchecked climate change may leave some Arctic predators surviving off of marine "junk food," accord…

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