This Week in Science: September 28- October 11 2013

I was catching herps in South Carolina last week, so here are two weeks’ worth of links!

A British zoo bans animal print clothing.

The Way You Walk is Tied to a Hole in Your Skull‘.

50 years of space exploration in one beautiful graphic.

Sea sponges doing a spot-on Cookie Monster impression.

Conlangs are more complicated than you might think.

Do cloned wild animals have instincts?

Life is rough for the capercaillie.

You can track tagged sharks around Florida.

The golden tortoise beetle is absolutely adorable.

Some Medici skeletons showed signs of bone disease associated with poverty.

Salamanders are fascinating creatures.

A lake in Tanzania turns animals into calcified statues.

Fossils pushed back the origin of flowering plants back 100 million years.

Why do Prasinohaema skinks have green blood?

Have you ever wondered how strong LEGO blocks really are?

You can thank beaver anal excretions for vanilla flavoring.

A beautiful song about Dimetrodon.

It comes as no surprise that the government shutdown is terrible for science.

NASA is running low on plutonium.

Fossils are frequently uncovered by accident, like this dinosaur uncovered by a backhoe.

The antechinus has so much sex that its body disintegrates.

Don’t kill snakes. Here’s why.

Science needs more whole-body donations.

These swifts flew for 200 days straight.

Fossils should be studied, not sold.

Jaguars love the smell of Calvin Klein’s Obsession.

Flamingo skeletons are just as funny looking as you would expect.

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