Big History may provide a basis for drawing different human cultures closer together.
At a time when nationalism and religious ideologies are dividing humanity, it is important to find unifying perspectives on our 'origin story.'
Strange frond-like sea creatures are among the planet's earliest animals, but new research dates them and the entire animal kingdom to much earlier than first thought.
If you discovered a new type of dinosaur, what would you name it?
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We know of about 900 valid dinosaur species that existed. 'Valid' means scientists know the dinosaur from enough of the skeleton bones to feel pretty sure that it differs from other known dinosaurs.
These scammers don’t exploit technological vulnerabilities – they exploit human ones.
A number of factors – from our eagerness to place trust in people to our overconfidence in our own intelligence – make us easy prey.
Birds don’t fly across wide Amazonian rivers like the Rio Negro.
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Rivers are natural boundaries for evolving populations. But scientists don't agree whether they create new species or just help maintain them. Research using birds' molecular clocks provides some answers.
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Early hominins are thought to have made a new shelter every night, which taught them how to adapt to changing conditions.
Holding on in hurricane-force winds.
In the wake of two hurricanes in the Turks and Caicos Islands, researchers document for the first time that catastrophic storms can be agents of natural selection, influencing how species evolve.
Forest near Sarayaku, Ecuador.
What drives the emergence and disappearance of species? By modeling the fundamental processes of evolution and ecology on geographical scales, new research spotlights topography and climatic shifts.
Euphanerops, a primitive jawless fish from the World Heritage site at Miguasha, Quebec, which has now been found to have paired hind limb structures and copulatory sex organs.
François Miville-Deschênes with permission
Sexual organs similar to what we see in sharks and rays today appeared many millions of years ago in much more primitive ancient fishes than was previously thought.
Cyanobacteria filled the ancient oceans and used chlorophyll to harvest the sun’s energy.
Did you recently hear news that Earth's oldest pigments were hot pink? That's not quite right. When they were in living bacteria a billion years ago, they were performing photosynthesis – and green.
Neymar in pain. Or is he faking it?
Vocal deception may have played a key role in our progression from primitive nonverbal noises to complex, controlled speech.
Homo sapiens evolved in the East African rift valley…but then what happened?
A manifesto from 23 researchers challenges old models, and outlines the major new directions archaeology should follow to solve the puzzling origins of modern humans.
America’s dogs are a husk(y) of what they once were.
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America's early dogs are all gone – save for their rather nasty cancer.
The Canada 150 Sequencing Initiative will sequence the genomes of 150 organisms important to Canadians, publishing the results in public databases.
By sequencing the genomes of other species, we can better understand our place in natural history.
Male spiny leaf insect, Extatosoma tiaratum.
Stick insects may be using birds to disperse their eggs, just as plant do.
A life reconstruction of
Brindabellaspis stensioi, an unusual placoderm fish from the 400-million-year old Burrinjuck reef in New South Wales, Australia.
Jason Art, Shenzhen
Brindabellaspis had eyes on the top of the head, facing upwards, and a skull stretched into a long and broad snout. Although around 400 million years old, it was clearly a specialised fish.
Many of the most advanced robots are inspired by nature.
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Boston Dynamic's robots are inspired by nature for good reason.
Megachirella wachtleri walking through the vegetation about 240 million years ago in what is now the Dolomites region of Italy.
A new study of an ancient fossil has found it to be the earliest lizard known, so far. It shows they survived one the greatest mass extinctions on Earth.
A stick insect in Borneo: variation and natural selection has resulted in insects with the astonishing ability to mimic features in their natural environment.
In this age of the pseudo-factual, its more important than ever to acquaint ourselves with the foundations of the scientific tradition, such as Darwin's Origin of Species.
An artist’s reconstruction of the ancient fish
A 400 million year old fossilised fish skull gives us very early and previously unknown clues about how boney fishes evolved into the vertebrates we see today on Earth - including us humans.