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After decades of ferocious fighting, the Swat wife usually triumphs over her beleaguered husband.



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Disappearance of the Historic Ship Tijger

Part of New York’s heritage vanished when bulldozers dug the foundation for the World Trade Center

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The Other Kinsey Report

Alfred C. Kinsey's scientific interests went well beyond sex.

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Little Criminals

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Golden Orb Spider

Fragments of Spider Lore

Spiders in history

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An Anteater Named Teddy

Even as a pet, his single interest was in ants, and he never quite got used to a tame chimpanzee.

The highest French court tried a cow in 1546. On the assumption that animals possessed a moral sense, capital punishment was the verdict.

Beasts Before the Bar

Quaint court scenes of yesteryear show that ignorance of the law was once no excuse even for an animal.

Roy Chapman Andrews in the Gobi Desert

Museum Quiz

American Museum—unique clearinghouse of information


A Fossil Comes to Life

One of the most important zoological discoveries of the present century gives us a glimpse at the closest living relative of our fish-like ancestors.

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