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Can animals evolve to be shape-shifters?

The Question: Hello, I can’t believe I’m even asking you this, but can an animal evolve shape-shifting abilities or is it completely fantasy? Submitted by: Alexander, England (click on photos and graphics to expand) The Short Answer: Interesting question, Alexander, and thinking about this question just a couple days after Halloween seems appropriate. My first […]

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What is this strange object floating in our lake?

The Question: On two different occasions we have retrieved similar strange objects floating in the lake we stay at in New Hampshire. I know it looks like it could be latex or some other man-made material-but it had a fleshy feel and no openings that could be seen. We did not cut it open. It […]

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Is this a dragon paw?

The Question: Look what my dog dragged into our home! Can you help us identify who/what/where this claw came from?? It was about the size of my palm. My son says it looks like a dragon paw! Submitted by: Susan, Wisconsin, USA (click on photos and graphics to expand) The Short Answer: The only wild […]

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Why are mallard drakes so aggressive?

The Question: Your answer to an earlier person taught me a lot about the behavior I’ve been seeing at my man-made pond at an apt complex. But isn’t it against rational “selection” that: (1) drakes don’t respect hens who already HAVE ducklings (who I have seen all die from the mother never being around because […]

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What is this strange goose?

The Question: We saw this bird with a flock of Canada geese on Long Island, NY. What is it? Submitted by: Jon-David, New York, USA The Short Answer: This is a hybrid goose. Probably a cross between a Canada goose (Branta canadensis) and a snow goose (Chen caerulescens) or possibly one of the domesticated goose […]

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