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According to Live Science (This article and its images were originally posted on Live Science November 19, 2018 at 10:57AM.)
How talented is your anus? Probably not as talented as a wombat’s. That cuddly Australian marsupial’s rear end has a mysterious and magical ability: It makes cubic poops. And now scientists think they know how.
Cubed wombat poop is one of those wonders of the animal kingdom, like the giant body of the blue whale or the superfast punch of the mantis shrimp, that seems like it shouldn’t work on a basic physical level. There’s a reason poops are usually spheres or tapered cylinders: Try squeezing a cube out of a tube of toothpaste. Round chutes and round holes like to produce round things.
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