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How Woodpecker Heads are Like Helmets...AND Hammers

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You’d think you’d need a very padded helmet to be able to slam your head against a tree continuously without getting a concussion, but it turns out woodpeckers' skulls aren't doing as much shock absorbing as we previously thought!

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