EXHIBIT: Where the Furry Things Are

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Science  20 Feb 2004:
Vol. 303, Issue 5661, pp. 1115
DOI: 10.1126/science.303.5661.1115d

Take a hike in the Chiricahua Mountains of southern Arizona, and you might spot a procession of white-nosed coatis (Nasua narica) trooping across the trail. Ranging from South America into the southwestern United States, these nosy cousins of the raccoon feast on fruit and small animals. For more on the coati and over 400 other species, from bats to whales, scurry over to North American Mammals. The new Web site from the Smithsonian Institution melds graphics with the hallmarks of a traditional field guide, such as range maps, drawings, photos, and species descriptions. For example, the virtual reality feature lets you twist and turn some species' skulls. Click on the interactive map to pinpoint the mammals inhabiting a particular locale. Or search by conservation status to find endangered species and ones that have gone extinct in the wild, such as the black-footed ferret (Mustela nigripes).


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