Scientists think the honker of the male proboscis monkey—native to Borneo—works like an echo chamber that amplifies its call, which impresses potential mates.
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This fish is no myth. A unicornfish’s horn grows as it ages, but it’s not used for fighting—the fish uses its tail for that.
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A saiga antelope's supersize schnoz isn't just for show. Living in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, it uses its nose to filter out dust in the summer and warm air in the winter.
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A tapir uses its nose to pluck fruits and strip leaves from trees—and it also works as a snorkel!
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The rhinoceros viper’s coloring helps it blend in with forest floors in western Africa, where it ambushes prey. But researchers aren’t sure what’s up with the horns.
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To establish territory on a beach, a male elephant seal inflates its trunklike nose with air and exhales loud roaring noises.
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North America’s star-nosed mole sniffs objects underwater with its superior snout by blowing out air bubbles and sucking them back in.
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It’s no lie—the nose of Ecuador’s male horned anole, also called the Pinocchio lizard, likely tells females it'd be a good mate.
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