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All posts by Becca Cudmore

Becca Cudmore is a journalist from Oregon. Her work has appeared in Audubon, The Scientist, Scientific American ​a​nd elsewhere .

How Many Giraffe Species Are There Really?

This September, Earth’s single giraffe species suddenly became four. “A Quadruple Take on the Giraffe: There are Four Species, Not One,” wrote The New York Times. “Giraffes aren’t just giraffes,” reported The Washington Post. A study published in Current Biology, a prominent science journal, had ...

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Meet the Fig Wasps Who Hacked the System

You’ll never see a fig’s flowers until you open one up. Unlike a blossoming plum, apple, or pear tree, figs hold their many microscopic white blooms inside of plump pouches at the end of their stems. On the tip of each pouch, there’s a small ...

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