Deep in the jungles of Congo lives a huge band of giant apes that kill lions, go fishing and howl at the moon—or at least that’s what the local hunters claim. However, up until fairly recently, scientists were unable verify those bizarre accounts.
The supposed location of the strange animals was at the center of a bloody civil war in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which meant that the mystery apes were almost completely inaccessible to western scientists. Reaching the region also means traversing the heart of a nearly impenetrable forest.
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New research indicates that elephants have a much keener means of hearing aside from their large, saucer-like ears: their feet. Elephants use their vocal chords to make sounds, which enter the ground as sound waves. Other elephants receive the waves through their feet, which then travel up their leg bones through their shoulder and into their middle ear, eventually reaching the auditory cortex region of their brain.
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