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Canopy of trees

Kapur trees (Dryobalanops aromatica) in Malaysia avoid overlapping crowns as they grow, which creates a jigsaw-puzzle pattern when viewed from below. Credit: Stuart Franklin/Magnum

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Nature 565, 280-282 (2019)



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