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.
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.
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.
Vocal deception may have played a key role in our progression from primitive nonverbal noises to complex, controlled speech.
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 early dogs are all gone – save for their rather nasty cancer.
By sequencing the genomes of other species, we can better understand our place in natural history.
Stick insects may be using birds to disperse their eggs, just as plant do.
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.
Boston Dynamic's robots are inspired by nature for good reason.
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.
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.
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.
As the climate warms, some species will not be able to evolve fast enough to adapt to the new conditions. Rachael Bay examined DNA for clues as to which yellow warblers were most vulnerable.
Recent discoveries of ancient viruses are helping scientists understand their origins.
New research shows that ground-dwelling birds were more likely to survive the mass extinction at the end of the Cretaceous period.
No mother wants their baby to develop jaundice, but it turns out that they should probably be grateful.
We don't have evidence that can point us to the exact purpose of yawning. But there are several theories.
New research shows green-blooded skinks have evolved multiple times, which could help lead to explanation as to why.
Why do some people reject scientifically accepted ideas? A psychotherapist points to black-and-white thinking as part of the explanation.