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Rodent Robbers Good for Tropical Trees


July 17, 2012

photo of an agouti in the act of stealing seeds A groundbreaking yearlong study in Panama suggests that squirrel-like agoutis have taken on the seed-spreading role of extinct mastodons and other elephant-like creatures, helping the black palm tree survive in the rainforest. Full Story

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North Carolina State University

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