Dung beetles are largely invisible. And yet without their vital activities, the world would have a lot more faeces in it.
The discovery of a fungus fossil is pushing back the origin of these ancient organisms and rewriting what we know about evolution and the tree of life.
Yeast isn't just important for the foods we consume. A rogue lineage of yeast species that evolves faster than any other is revealing secrets that may help illuminate the molecular causes of cancer.
Babies undertake a massive transition during labour and delivery as they move from the supported environment of the uterus to independent existence.
The mating habits of these tiny, colorful fish may be revealing something broader about the animal kingdom, and perhaps even our own desires.
One reason for the likes of the anti-vaxxers movement is a misplaced faith in Mother Nature.
We like to think that all creatures play a role in the local ecosystem. We're especially interested in insects that provide a benefit for people too. But that's not always how it is.
Understanding the evolutionary roots of what draws us to delusions of legacy and distractions of leisure will help us address the environmental challenges of the 21st century.
Tickling is an important sign that someone – or something – is touching you. An expert explains how it works.
The story of Australia has been studied and explored many times by researchers. Look what they've revealed, so far.
The discovery of a living coelacanth fish rocked the world in 1939, as scientists thought they had died out with the dinosaurs. A new study illuminates how its skull and tiny brain develop.
You may think that your milk-drinking, ice cream-licking days are behind you as you battle the discomfort of lactose intolerance. But there maybe be a way to reverse the situation.
Human changes to the living world have benefited us, but the ecological consequences are mounting.
It was not until the late 1990s that the anatomy of the human clitoris was accurately described by Australia’s first female urologist. And now research in animals is starting to catch up.
Ever heard of lexical selection? Every time you open your mouth you change the way future generations will talk.
Our flippered friends evolved from small, hooved deer-like creatures more than 50m years ago.
The evolution of live birth from egg-laying is no mean feat. Now new research reports on the first known example where both eggs and a live birth come from the same lizard pregnancy.
The short answer is we have evolved to have nails because they help us pick things up (like food) and pick things off (like bugs).
A series of new studies sheds light on the population crash and extinction of the giant birds, lemurs and more that roamed the island until around A.D. 700-1000.
Teeth covered in pits were common in the 2m-year-old species Paranthropus robustus.