One of the several precious giant tortoises recently found on Volcano Wolf, Galápagos Islands.
When 100-year-old giant tortoise Lonesome George died in 2012, the world thought his species was lost forever. We went to the Galápagos Islands looking for 'extinct' tortoises – and we found them.
Fragments of woodland surrounded by cleared land in south west Australia.
Australia may have reputation for vast areas of wilderness, but in reality the continent's ecosystems have been chopped and diced. Now we need to protect what's left.
Professor Lee Berger from the University of the Witwatersrand holding the skull of Homo Naledi.
The big question being asked is: where does Homo naledi fit in the evolutionary tree? Assessing the similarity or dissimilarity between fossil skulls has provided a possible clue to the answer.
The skull of Homo naledi is built like those of early Homo species but its brain was just more than half the size of the average ancestor from 2 million years ago.
Despite claims about its age, puzzling combinations of features from Homo naledi gives it an uncanny resemblance to human beings.
Mass extinctions are more complicated than ‘strength in numbers’.
Being big – larger than a dog – increases the risk of being wiped out in a mass extinction.
What’s in a name? Plenty, if it is a dinosaur such as the Changyuraptor, a genus of the ‘four-winged’ predatory dinosaur.
S. Abramowicz, Dinosaur Institute
A dinosaur's name says something about the dinosaur itself. They are grouped together according to similarities they share, which also indicates their ancestral relationships to one another.
This selection of stone tools provides a glimpse into the implements used by Africans 50 000 to 60 000 years ago.
Stone tools have been integral to the way archaeologists have told the human story.
A Steller sea cow skeleton: extinct in 1768.
Analysis of extinction rates over the past centuries shows that humans are causing the sixth mass extinction in the history of the Earth.
Thanks, I did it for the flies.
What do Beyonce, Hitler, David Attenborough, Darth Vader and GoldenPalace.com all have in common? They all have species named after them. In the case of Beyonce it is an Australian horse fly whose striking…
A Crimson Rosella (
Platycercus elegans) in the wild near Melbourne.
Despite its name, the Crimson Rosella is perhaps Australia’s most colour-variable bird and a cause of this striking and beautiful diversity seems to be a disease that’s potentially deadly to many other…
Egg-guarding fish are more likely to yield new species, but their disconnect from other fish populations makes them more…
A new sauropod dinosaur species, Leinkupal laticauda, has been discovered in Argentina. With the exception of Africa, diplodocids…
It’s not just the total number of species preserved that matters, it’s the number of key species. In a study on a US saltmarsh…
Leopardus tigrinus can be found in Eastern Amazonia or the dry semi-arid Caatinga.
Project Wild Cats of Brazil
A new species of wild cat in central and north-eastern Brazil has been confirmed, according to a study published today in…
Sorry guys, if you are smaller than 1 mm, you can’t be a species.
Despite their small size, organisms smaller than thousandth of a metre (1 mm) contribute greatly to biodiversity and ecosystem function. Unfortunately, categorising small organisms, even defining those…
A new species of bird has been discovered in Phnom Penh, the a capital city of Cambodia. The Cambodian tailorbird has a distinct…
The secret behind the size differences of mammal families has been found by Monash University scientists. The research found…
Tropical mountains have more biodiversity than temperate mountains, and temperature is the key according to research led…
A study of tropical insect numbers has found we are likely to share the planet with about 5.5 million species, a lot fewer…
Many species of cone snail, which contain compounds needed to treat neurological diseases, still await discovery.
The planet is home to anywhere between two million and 50 million undiscovered species, many of which are at threat from…