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Meet the Early Mammals

A flurry of fossil discoveries over the past 15 years is allowing researchers to piece together the rise of mammals

June 1, 2016 — Kate Wong

Visualizing the Mammals That Ate Dinosaurs

Artist James Gurney explains how he modeled and painted the extinct Volaticotherium featured on Scientific American’s June 2016 cover and inside the magazine. Central to his reconstruction was a model with anatomically accurate muscles built atop fossil bones. 

May 18, 2016 — James Gurney

The Ascent of Mammals

Recent fossil discoveries reveal that evolution began laying the groundwork for their rise to world domination long before the dinosaur-killing asteroid cleared the playing field

June 1, 2016 — Stephen Brusatte and Zhe-Xi Luo

Sean M. Carroll Looks at The Big Picture

Caltech theoretical physicist Sean M. Carroll talks about his new book The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself. (Dutton, 2016)  

May 12, 2016 — Sean M. Carroll and Steve Mirsky

Microbe Breaks the Powerhouse Rules

A single-celled organism discovered in chinchilla droppings is the only known eukaryotic organism that lacks mitochondria-like organelles. Christopher Intagliata reports.

May 12, 2016 — Christopher Intagliata

Everything There Is

Caltech theoretical physicist Sean M. Carroll talks about the necessary connections among the various ways we have of describing the universe. 

May 11, 2016 — Steve Mirsky

Dragonflies Outmigrate Butterflies

Globe skimmer dragonflies migrate more than 15,000 kilometers, breeding with the locals as they travel and creating an interrelated global population. A dragonfly from Japan may have more in common with Guyanese dragonflies, genetically speaking, than its own Japanese cousins.

May 6, 2016 — Leila Falls and Christopher Intagliata