Research reveals surprising visual sophistication
The biologist Joan Strassmann discusses the evolution of cooperation, how amoebas can teach us about competition, and why the definition of “organism” needs an overhaul
Just how sensitive is Earth's climate to increasing concentrations of carbon dioxide?
A newly discovered class of microbe could help to resolve one of the biggest and most controversial mysteries in evolution—how simple microbes transformed into the complex cells that produced animals, plants and fungi
Fluid dynamics sheds light the Tribrachidium's approach to mealtime 550 million years ago
The only thing more remarkable than the ascent of these amazing beasts is their downfall
The asteroid strike was bad. The timing was worse
Human DNA is 1 to 2% Neandertal, or more, depending on where your ancestors lived. Svante Pääbo, founder of the field of paleogenetics and winner of a 2016 Breakthrough Prize, explains why that matters
The real question is, why don’t humans have one, too?
Teeth from these diminutive individuals suggest they belonged to a unique species rather than a modern human with a growth disorder, as previously suspected
An “eary” project from Science Buddies
Careful recordings of mouse interactions find that females vocalize, overturning the long-held view that only males sing during courtship
Male ruffs look and behave differently around females, depending on their version of a 125-gene stretch of DNA
DNA from Denisovans suggests they lived in Siberia for millennia and were more genetically diverse than Neandertals, but less diverse than modern humans
An old gene mutation is at fault
In her new book Randall probes the connections between seemingly unrelated phenomena in our universe
Seven centuries ago, tens of thousands of people fled their homes in the American Southwest. Archaeologists are trying to work out why
Among howler monkey species, loud calls come at the expense of testicle size and sperm production—or to put it another way, monkeys with the largest testes don't make as much noise
Using a magnetic field, researchers could trick migratory birds to turn in the wrong direction before takeoff.
A cat expert fields a host of questions from cat owners