When Penguins Went From The Sky To The Sea
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When Penguins Went From The Sky To The Sea

About 61 million years ago, on the shore of what’s now the South Island of New Zealand, there lived a bird. It stood upright, measured about a meter tall, with wings that were pretty short for its large body, and a long, narrow bill. And it couldn’t fly, but it used those short wings to […]

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When Birds Stopped Flying
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When Birds Stopped Flying

Three thousand years ago, in the leafy green forests of New Zealand, the big beady eyes of a giant locked onto what would be its final meal. The giant in this case was a North Island Giant Moa, a bird that stood 3 meters tall. And its quarry was a tasty fern. But just as […]

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How the Flying Squirrel Soars
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How the Flying Squirrel Soars

A nocturnal member of the squirrel family searches for fungi, its favorite food. But fungi are spread in random patches throughout the forest and the squirrel has to cover large distances to find them. So this squirrel has evolved a special talent – it flies! The northern flying squirrel is just six inches long and […]

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