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31 Fascinating Facts We Learned In 2020

It’s likely that more than 11 species of fish can walk on land.

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An extinct species of monkey crossed the Atlantic on its own.


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Mars constantly makes a humming noise.


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When plants are under attack from insects, they let out aromas that warn other plants and entice the insects’ predators.


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It’s likely that more than 11 species of fish can walk on land.


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Over 1,000 years ago, Puebloans in modern-day New Mexico survived droughts by melting ancient ice in the depths of caves.


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There was a badger-like animal 66 million years ago, and scientists named it Adalatherium, which means “crazy beast.”


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In the past couple decades, supermassive black holes in distant galaxies have launched jets of material.


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Some hummingbirds use colors we can’t see to find food.


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There is a giant lakebed a mile under northwest Greenland.


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A 550-million-year-old fossilized digestive tract was found in Nevada, making it the oldest known digestive tract ever.


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On average, lightning strikes Earth 100 times each second.


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And lightning strikes over 100 million times a year in the tropics.


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Through sensing electrostatic fields, bumblebees can tell if another bee has visited the flower they’re at in the past couple of minutes.


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There are four buried lakes on Mars.


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Modern humans reached westernmost Europe 38,000 to 41,000 years ago — 5,000 years earlier than we thought.


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The oldest known species of pythons were in Germany.


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A gas associated with living organisms is in Venus’s atmosphere.

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Some bats make different kinds of sounds to talk about different subjects, like food or sleep.


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There’s a blue fruit that gets its color from its fat.


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Tectonic plates became a thing over 4 billion years ago — at least a billion years earlier than we thought.


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An animal in Antarctica hibernated over 250 million years ago, which is the oldest evidence of a hibernation-like state.


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There’s a coral reef in the Great Barrier Reef that’s taller than the Empire State Building.


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Duckbilled dinosaurs were present in Africa, and they swam from Europe or Asia.


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There were periods of extreme cold in Ancient Rome, and it was caused by a volcano eruption in Alaska.


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Earth’s continents were submerged 3.8 billion years ago.


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After sea turtles lay eggs, they create decoy nests to fool predators.


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And lastly, there is water on the moon.


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2020 is finally (almost) over, and we’re looking back on the year. Check out even more from the year here!

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