New research has pinpointed the genetic boost behind one of the biggest transformations of life on Earth.
New research suggests that Earth's oxygenation didn't require difficult and complex evolutionary leaps forward.
Living in a bushfire-prone area means every decision - from plants to parking spots to holidays - is shaped by fire risk. We live and die by the advice we are given, and the advice we ignore.
The discovery of a perfectly preserved snake skull fossil answers many questions about the evolution of snakes from lizards.
Human changes to the living world have benefited us, but the ecological consequences are mounting.
Museums' collections are a priceless resource for scientists, but they're not easy to access. Digitizing specimens – like the 700 bat skulls the author studied – is a way to let everyone in.
The life-or-death drama of the lion pride will captivate viewers, but the show may not go on without funding to conserve these species.
A tiny percentage of museums’ natural history holdings are on display. Very little of these vast archives is digitized and available online. But museums are working to change that.
It's a comforting falsehood that once an artifact joins a museum's collection, it's safe for eternity. Museums face many foes in the fight to preserve – a lack of funds might be the biggest.
Was Darwin inspired by the tropical wildlife of his travels to discover natural selection? Actually, pigeons, worms and barnacles were far more prominent in his thinking.
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.
America's early dogs are all gone – save for their rather nasty cancer.
Are DNA samples today's version of the human skeletons that hung in 20th-century natural history museums? They can provide genetic revelations about our species' history – but at an ethical price.
Museums are not apolitical, and they are not entirely scientific. As such, they don’t really represent reality.
Dogs, rats, cats, cows, chickens and mice have also changed the world.
The way humans see and engage with the natural world is anything but natural.
How and why these bizarre stars of Planet Earth II ended up living in icy lakes high in the Andes mountains.
TV audiences cheered on the iguanas' escape, but won't somebody think of the poor snakes?
A 9,000-year-old skeleton became a high-profile and highly contested case for the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act. How do we respectfully deal with ancient human remains?
You don't have to be a physician or anatomist to be curious about how bodies work. Exhibits of dead human specimens have been around for quite a while – capitalizing on our fascination with death.