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The skull of Nyctereutes lockwoodi as seen from the side and above. From Geraads et al, 2010. In 2006 paleoanthropologists working in Ethiopia made a spectacular announcement – they had found the well-preserved remains of a juvenile Australopithecus afarensis, one of our prehistoric hominin relatives. Quickly dubbed “Lucy’s baby” this 3.4 million year old specimen…

Photo of the Day #887: Rusty

Our temporary houseguest, Rusty, playing in a stream in northern New Jersey.

I have never heard sounds come out of a dog like the kind that I’ve heard out of a pack of excited African Wild Dogs (Lycaon pictus), the individual pictured above being a member of a large group kept at the WCS-run Bronx Zoo. While their species once ranged over 39 countries and their numbers…