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North America: land of obscure, freaky voles

Arborimus, based on a photo in Nowak (1999). Image by Darren Naish, colouring by Gareth Monger. CC BY.

As a European person, I find European voles (and, to a degree, Asian voles) pretty familiar, commonplace, homely. Still interesting, mind you. But when it comes to North American voles — oh my god, the weird. I don’t even know where to start, so I’ll just launch right in and hope that the crazy string [...]

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