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Extreme Animal Cannibalism
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Extreme Animal Cannibalism

While the idea of human cannibalism is definitely disgusting (not to mention illegal), there are a number of animals that eat their own kind. One type of shark eats its siblings before it's even born.

While eating one another seems like it should be a bad thing for the survival of a species, that's not necessarily so. Find out why animal cannibilism can make evolutionary sense.

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Blue Crab

Blue Crab

These crabs live all along the Atlantic coast. Get the full story on blue crabs, including what their real color is and why they sometimes resort to cannibalism. More...

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National Aquarium
Bones Tell Tale of Desperation Among the Starving at Jamestown

Bones Tell Tale of Desperation Among the Starving at Jamestown

In 1609 the English settlers of Jamestown were dying of starvation. A gruesome discovery suggests they may have turned to cannibalism. More...

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NPR
Nature’s Perfect Predators: Komodo Dragon

Nature’s Perfect Predators: Komodo Dragon

The Komodo dragon is more vicious than any storybook dragon. Not only are these giant lizards fierce predators, they're also cannibals. More...

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Animal Planet
Sharkland: Animal Cannibalism

Sharkland: Animal Cannibalism

Talk about sibling rivalry! While still in their mother’s uterus, sand tiger shark embryos develop teeth. The largest attack and eat their smaller siblings. More...

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NATURE/PBS
Caught: Lobster Cannibals Captured on Film

Caught: Lobster Cannibals Captured on Film

A researcher discovered a shocking truth about lobsters. Watch this video that shows adult lobsters eating tethered younger lobsters. The ocean floor is a rough place! More...

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NPR
Iain Couzin: Collective Behavior

Iain Couzin: Collective Behavior

Using computer simulations, biologist Iain Couzin studies how and why animals, including humans, coordinate their behavior. Investigate his discoveries about individual behavior within two insect species groups. More...

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PopTech.com
Learning to Love Cannibals

Learning to Love Cannibals

Forget the horror movie antiheroes. Looking back over the centuries, there have been tribes and groups of people engaged in culturally sanctioned cannibalism. More...

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The Why Files
Mating Mantises

Mating Mantises

Perhaps the best-known example of cannibalism associated with mating in the natural world is that of the praying mantis. Their exploits are captured in a series of “intimate” images. More...

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New York Times
Scorpion vs. Scorpion vs. Shrew

Scorpion vs. Scorpion vs. Shrew

Two scorpions battle to the death, and the victor’s prize is feasting on its opponent. But watch what happens when a shrew hits the scene. Can it take down a venomous scorpion? More...

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National Geographic

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