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This Week on Explore (6/14)

The Arctic Snowy Owl Cam is back! Come join us for an exclusive look at a nesting owl pair in Alaska. D32 has finally been located! A bit banged up but otherwise relatively in good shape, D32 has been taken to…

Environmental oxygen triggers loss of webbed digits

Free fingers have many obvious advantages on land, such as in locomotion and grasping, while webbed fingers are typical of aquatic or gliding animals. But both amphibians and amniotes — which include mammals, reptiles, and birds — can have webbed digits. Scientists now show that during embryo development, some animal species detect the presence of atmospheric oxygen, which triggers removal of interdigital webbing.

This Week on Explore (6/7)

It’s been an emotional rollercoaster this week on explore.org! The week started out with an unexpected shock when eaglet D32 branched and then left the tree entirely. It’s unknown whether the fledge was intentional, so Raptor Resource Project took immediate action to…

A snake on the loose is big news in our town

“Atlanta to Appalachia” is an occasional series about life in the wilds of West Virginia through the eyes of a couple who never dreamed they’d love it there. Read previous installments here. * * * As I type this, a…

Pathogens may have facilitated the evolution of warm-blooded animals

Animals first developed fever as a response to infections: the higher body temperatures primed their immune systems. At the time, 600 million years ago, virtually all animal species were cold-blooded. They had to spend long periods of time in warm areas of their habitat to achieve fever-range body temperatures. A researcher believes that pathogens may be the reason why warm-blooded creatures first emerged.

Why wild pigs are an 'ecological train wreck' for Canada

Wild pigs are a mix of wild boars and domestic swine that are spreading across Canada’s provinces and leaving devastation in their wake. Researchers studying wild pigs’ distribution in Canada for the first time have found a rapid expansion in…

This Week on Explore (5/31)

The Guillemot cam is live again and to our surprise there is a newly laid egg! Come watch the Guillemot cam! Did you know that porcupines can have up to 30,000 quills? Tune into the Africams to see even more…

Wild chimpanzees eat tortoises after cracking them open against tree trunks

Researchers have observed wild chimpanzees in the Loango National Park, Gabon, eating tortoises. They describe the first observations of this potentially cultural behavior where chimpanzees hit tortoises against tree trunks until the tortoises’ shells break open and then feed on the meat.