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  1. Weird

    Meet Patrick, The World’s Oldest Wombat

    At the tender age of 27, Patrick at the Ballarat Wildlife Park in Australia is most likely the world's oldest recorded wombat. He is also bigger than any of us ever thought it was possible for a wombat to be. We are equal parts excited and terrified by his existence.

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  2. Science

    New Mammal Species Discovered In Western Hemisphere For The First Time in 35 Years and It’s Adorable

    New species of insects, amphibians, or fish are to the natural world like what Starbucks are to major urban areas. ll you have to do is start walking in any direction and you will eventually find one. New mammal species are trickier to find, but recent research published in ZooKeys takes note of a newly discovered critter, the olinguito.

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  3. Science

    Paleo-Bracketology: You Can Help Name The Earliest Common Ancestor Of All Mammals

    Earlier this month, researchers at the American Museum of Natural History and several other institutions announced that they had constructed a model of the first mammal that is a common ancestor to all other mammals, showing that creatures as disparate as whales, humans, and Grumpy Cat all descend from a small, rat like creature that evolved shortly after the extinction of the dinosaurs. Now that all the heavy lifting of constructing a model of this earliest mammal is done, researchers want you to step in for the fun part and help name the hypothetical critter by voting in a March Madness-style tournament.

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  4. Science

    Goats Form Accents Based on the Hip Goats They Hang Around

    Conventional scientific wisdom has held that most mammals make vocalizations based on one thing, and one thing only: Genetics. Unless the creature uses its voice to communicate or navigate -- as is the case with bats, whales, and good ol' Homo sapiens -- a mammal will sound the same no matter where it comes from. A U.K. sheep will be the same as a Utah sheep, and so on. However, a new study looking at (adorable) pygmy goat kids suggests that this might not be the case, and that the voices of mammals are far more flexible then we thought.

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