Camera Trap Pictures: Rare Badgers, Mongooses Spotted in Gabon

The best things came in small packages for scientists studying Gabon‘s littlest predators. For the first time, a team surveyed the west African country for its small carnivores, a group traditionally overlooked by scientists. The investigation turned up 12 species, including badgers, mongooses, civets, and genets. For their study, the researchers compiled data from animal…

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Nature Sketchbook: New “Olinguito” Species Close-Up

Drawn from the same skulls and skins that led NG Explorer Kristofer Helgen to realize he’d found an unknown species of mammal, these sketches aim to reveal the science and the beauty of the newly described “olinguito.” Knowing that Kris and the specimens were nearby at the Smithsonian Institution, after the big announcement last week I…

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3 Mammals That “Choose” Their Babies’ Sex

By systematically combing through 90 years of breeding records from the San Diego Zoo, scientists discovered mammals can “choose” the sex of their offspring, a new study says. Tracing zoo birth records through three generations, the researchers found evidence for a decades-old theory of evolutionary biology: Mammals rely on some unknown physiological mechanism to manipulate the…

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