The new Tasmanian tiger genome reveals some fascinating facts about this extinct marsupial, including why they were so similar to dogs, and how they were growing more vulnerable to genetic disease.
A new study suggests skilled storytellers may have greater reproductive success than others.
For future machines to be as smart as we are, they'll need to be able to learn like we do.
Lynn Margulis (1938-2011) was a courageous scholar whose remarkable work on the role of symbiosis in evolution stands as a magisterial contribution of science.
To learn about how humans, animals and insects experience vision illusions, we had to find a way to ask bees what they saw.
Ferns came along more than 200 million years before the dinosaurs walked the Earth. They were food for plant-eating dinosaurs and they're really great survivors. Heather, age 8, wants to know more.
The very existence of kindness and altruism seems to contradict Darwin’s theory of evolution. So how could kind behaviour have evolved?
A group of fewer than 800 orangutans in northern Sumatra has been recognised as a new species - and they are already under threat from deforestation.
What does it mean to be a responsible, mature and wise technological being? Our future lies in seeking real answers to this type of question.
An ancient sexual conflict over mitochondrial inheritance may be responsible for the evolution of the two sexes as we know them.
One animator combined his skills with paleontological evidence to breathe movement into a dinosaur fossil to eye-catching effect.
Aliens are highly likely to undergo natural selection, shows new research.
Some insects wear gory disguises and macabre masks year round, not just at Halloween.
Recent research suggests that humankind's origins lay outside of Africa. This is the nature of science: a paradigm that cannot be questioned on a regular basis becomes a dogma.
Cladoxylopsid trees were hugely complex and very different to those we have now.
Complex behaviour such as regional accents and cultural food preferences in whales and dolphins seems to be linked to brain size.
Animals that evolved in cold parts of the world usually have lighter skin. If a light-skinned animal has blood vessels close to the surface of their ear skin, this will make the ears look pink.
The assisted dying bill in Victoria – complex and significant – is engendering less heated debate than marriage equality although both tap into some of our most fundamental fears and motivations.
Australia was once home to giant fightless birds - much bigger than today's emus and cassawories. But where did they come from, and where did they go?
Evolutionary biologists ask very similar questions about species to those asked by linguists about languages.