On average, women tend to behave more submissively than men.
In evolutionary terms, it’s better to be at the bottom of the hierarchy than to be dead – and that's why submissive behaviours still persist in us humans. Even if we don't like it.
Andrew Pontzen, Fabio Governato/Wikimedia Commons.
Our brain cells do look a lot like a map of the universe – but that doesn't mean they're the same thing.
Most animal groups adopted their shapes quickly but some kept evolving.
Not all birds have eyes on the sides of their heads – but even those that do can see straight in front of them.
Archaeologists have discovered the world's oldest cheese, and it reveals how our ancestor's cooking methods helped the human diet adapt.
Dinosaurs had some bad luck, but sooner or later extinction comes for all of us.
Death is inevitable for individuals and also for species. With help from the fossil record, paleontologists are piecing together what might make one creature more vulnerable than another.
The dominant belief among Australian university students now is that God had no hand in creating or developing humans.
According to our 32-year longitudinal study of first year science students, belief in creationism has declined over time.
Earth’s Pacific Ocean seen from the International Space Station.
Genetic data has helped scientists develop new estimates for the origin and evolution of life on Earth.
Necklaces and earrings in traditional Kenyan cultures denote messages about marriage and childbearing.
Why is jewellery so important to the story of human evolution? Because it provides a public message – even to people we don't know.
Down House: the home (and garden) of Charles Darwin.
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.
Some of the ‘remarkable beetles’ Wallace collected in Borneo.
A. R. Wallace
An evolutionary biologist visits the remote jungle mountaintop where a little-known naturalist wrote his insightful paper about the mechanisms of evolution that spurred on a rivalrous Charles Darwin.
Men have come to dominate military combat but new evidence suggests this might be more an accident than an inevitability of evolution.
How do you look to a bee? A face shown through a “bee eye” camera.
A. Dyer and S. Williams (RMIT)
Bees and wasps can recognise people's faces – despite having less than one million brain cells, compared to 86,000 million brain cells that make up a human brain.
We’re gonna need an even bigger boat.
Megalodons are the latest Hollywood monster to leap out of the fossil record, but what else is lurking in prehistoric seas?
Our research supports the idea that human speech abilities comes down to our brain power.
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?
Mavis Wong CC-BY-ND
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.