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The 10 weirdest animal discoveries of 2022

Daubenton's bat (Myotis daubentonii), with beautiful black coloured background. Colorful brown bat o...

Godfrey-Smith et al., 2022, PLOS ONE, CC-BY 4.0

Nature is full of surprises.

We might think we know a lot about animals, but some of their weirdest behaviors remain hidden under our noses.

In 2022, many peculiar and previously unknown animal behaviors came to light in scientific studies.

Faceplanting frogs, growling bats, and a vast deep sea fish nest were just some of the findings that made headlines this year.

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