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Researchers discover new crocodile species

For nearly 85 years, crocodile experts knew of just three species in Africa – the dwarf, Nile and slender-snouted. And now, while studying the endangered slender-snouted variety, lead researcher Shirley and a team of researchers discovered a new species of the African crocodile, naming it the Central African slender-snouted crocodile.

Private road leads to Wenas Mammoth

It seems that making driveways and roads is a way to see the Yakima Valley’s pre-history. When Bronwyn and Douglas Mayo were having a private road put on their property north of Selah, they made a mammoth discovery.

Itsy bitsy spiders discovered in 100-million-year-old amber

Deep in a tropical rain forest, during a time when dinosaurs walked the Earth, four itsy bitsy spiders crawled down a tree, got stuck in some sticky resin and never climbed up again. Some 100 million years later, blocks of amber containing their fossilized forms wound up on the desks of two scientists in China.

Skeletal remains in Oregon Trail badger den are from two young people

A fluke discovery of children’s bones protruding from a badger hole in southwestern Idaho has investigators trying to determine if they have discovered a double homicide or the disturbed grave of young 19th-century pioneers who died going west on the nearby Oregon Trail, authorities said Tuesday.

Not so fast: Phelps participating in Shark Week this summer

It’s not immediately clear what Phelps will be doing, although Discovery President Rich Ross said Tuesday he’s intrigued about seeing the fastest human swimmer interact with nature’s fastest. Perhaps Phelps can be encouraged to go underwater in a shark cage, he said.