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A lesser flamingo seems to float on Lake Natron in a 2010 picture.

Lake Natron’s unusually harsh composition comes from a unique neighboringvolcano, Ol Doinyo, which spews alkali-rich natrocarbonatites that end up in Lake Natron via rainwater runoff.

Brandt unexpectedly found the dead animals that had washed up on the shore, preserved by the lake, and posed them as they had been in life. The photographs, taken between 2010 and 2012, appear in Brandt’s new bookAcross the Ravaged Land. (Also see “Pictures: Best Wild Animal Photos of 2012 Announced.”)

"A team of British and Swedish scientists just published a new study indicating that changing climate — not humans — played a major role in the extinction of the woolly mammoth,Mammuthus primigenius.”

"[They] found that a previous warm period some 120,000 years ago caused populations to decline and become fragmented, in line with what we would expect for cold-adapted species such as the woolly mammoth”, said Ms Palkopoulou in a press release.

"[Their] data suggests that the same thing happened during the penultimate warm period (an interglacial some 120,000 years ago), long before modern humans had even left Africa".

With a penchant for floating on its side to soak up the rays, the mola mola is better known as the ocean sunfish, although its Latin name refers to its resemblance to a millstone. Growing to around 10ft in length, it is the heaviest bony fish in the sea, but happily it views humans with friendly curiosity

Photograph: Richard Herrmann/Getty Images

Often transparent and bioluminescent, glass squids such as Galiteuthis phyllura use their light to counter the shadows produced by their eyes, allowing them to slip under the radar of predators. They belong to the same family, Cranchiidae, as the colossal squid and make use of a special ammonium-filled organ to help control buoyancy.

Photograph: Nature Picture Library/Rex




This is one Venus fly trap you won’t find growing on a window sill. Named for its resemblance to the plant, anemones of the genus Actinoscyphia use their tentacles to catch and sting prey. They can also eject bioluminescent matter that sticks to predators, potentially turning the hunter into the hunted

Photograph: I. MacDonald

This is Eunice aphroditois, also known as the bobbit worm, a mix between the Mongolian death worm,the Graboids from Tremorsthe Bugs from Starship Troopers, and a rainbow — but it’s a really dangerous rainbow, like in Mario Kart. And it hunts in pretty much the most nightmarish way imaginable, digging itself into the sea floor, exposing a few inches of its body — which can grow to 10 feet long — and waiting.”


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