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golden king crab

Study finds egg masses of snailfishes deposited inside the gill cavity of North Pacific king crabs using molecular techniques.

Grass phytolith from an open-habitat grass discovered in the ancient soils.

30 million years ago, the world lacked its grass-dominated environments, but 70 million years ago, grasses had not evolved—or so we think. 

The Townsend’s big-eared bat

Various bat species have different needs to survive, which can severely decrease their ability to cope with habitat fragmentation. 

Cory Fuavai researches Samoan objects from the Burke’s collection not only for his coursework, but also to become a matai chief.

red-eared guenon

Burke researchers analyzed monkey facial patterns and found both social and environmental connections.

Megapode at night

Megapodes cleverly harness environmental heat sources to incubate their eggs.

A chance encounter on a windy day leads to the discovery of a new spider habitat. 

Liolaemus and Rainbow

Studying hybrid zones offers a unique view into the evolutionary processes that either generate or extinguish species.

Outside Red Mill Totem Fish and Chips.

Despite its popularity, the identity of the carvers who made the poles has been misrepresented for years. 

Largest petrified log at the park.

Hunting for fossils isn’t as glamorous as it’s cracked up to be. 

Fluffy Sculpin

Fishes are a vital part of our economy, marine environment, and regional identity; but do we even know our own fishes? 

Acuclavella leonardi specimen

The strangest-looking arachnids found in Washington state according to Rod Crawford.

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